Sebastian Korda is forced to retire from Australian Open quarter-final with wrist injury

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Young USA star Sebastian Korda is forced to retire from his first grand slam quarter-final with a wrist injury, sending Russian Karen Khachanov through to the Australian Open semi-finals

Sebastian Korda retired with a wrist injury during his Australian Open clash with Karen Khachanov, sending the Russian through to a second consecutive grand slam semi-final.

American Korda has been one of the stories of the tournament, defeating Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz to reach a first slam quarter-final 25 years after his father Petr lifted the trophy.

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But he began to struggle half way through the second set, receiving a medical time-out, and, after losing seven games in a row, called it quits trailing 7-6 (5) 6-3 3-0.

Sebastian Korda retired with a wrist injury during his Australian Open quarter-final clash 

He sent Karen Khachanov (right) through to a second consecutive grand slam semi-final

He sent Karen Khachanov (right) through to a second consecutive grand slam semi-final

It was a very disappointing way to bow out for the 22-year-old, who was in obvious discomfort and was reduced to chopping forehands in a vain attempt to find a way back into the match.

Having reached the last four at a slam for the first time in his 23rd major tournament at the US Open last summer, Khachanov is now back at the same stage in his next event.

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‘Back to back semi-finals at a slam feels great,’ said the Russian. ‘Obviously not the way you want to finish the match. Up until a certain point it was a great battle.’

Following the match, the Russian claimed 'until a certain point it was a great battle'

Following the match, the Russian claimed ‘until a certain point it was a great battle’

It was disappointing way to bow out for the 22-year-old who had defeated Daniil Medvedev

It was disappointing way to bow out for the 22-year-old who had defeated Daniil Medvedev

Khachanov and Korda met for the first time at a grand slam at Wimbledon in 2021, and a topsy-turvy contest went all the way to a fifth-set tie-break before the Russian edged it.

This looked set to be a close battle as well, with Korda recovering from a breakdown to force a tie-break in the opening set and then beginning the second strongly.

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But he called the trainer after five games to have his right wrist taped and did not win another game.

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