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Woody, Bjorkman rocket into semis

By Guy Hand 29/01/2004 05:48:26 AM Comments (0)

Todd Woodbridge and Jonas Bjorkman have unleashed a performance they rated as possibly the best in their three-year doubles partnership to rocket into the Australian Open semi-finals.

Australian Woodbridge and his Swedish partner were brutal in a 6-0 6-2 quarter-final thumping of Zimbabweans Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett on centre court at Melbourne Park.

The No.8 seeds were pounded from the opening game - Ullyett losing his serve in all four attempts in the 59-minute match.

"We saw the ball like soccer balls," Bjorkman remarked afterwards, suggesting the duo was on course for a fifth grand slam doubles victory and Woodbridge's 16th career major.

"Pretty close to our best ever. It was nearly flawless tennis," Woodbridge said.

"That's the sort of tennis Jonas and I can play though once we both get hot together, teams are normally under a lot of pressure.

"Tonight from the first hit on the return, wham! They were under it." The Zimbabweans' serve was broken in the opening match and it got steadily worse from there on - first Woodbridge and later Bjorkman in stellar touch on their returns of serve.

Woodbridge and Bjorkman now take on top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan from the USA - the men who usurped them as the world's No.1 doubles combination - on Margaret Court Arena.

"This is the goal of the year we both have - to continue winning the slams and to go back and finish number one," Bjorkman said.

"We've had a great start so far and I think we're hitting the ball as well as we have in the last three years.

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