Jeremy Chardy last year snapped his 7-match losing streak in ATP Tour Semi-finals, and will want to progress that still further, reaching the semi-final here for just the second time (first time in 2014)
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga has been impressive on his comeback after injury and knee surgery in April last year.
Daniil Medvedev, who frustrated Andy Murray’s comeback led the ATP tour last year with 38 hard court wins and reached a career high last year in November (No. 16).
By reaching the last four in Brisbane, Naomi Osaka will equal her career-high ranking of No. 4 and could climb to No. 3 if she wins the title for the highest rank for a Japanese player (male or female)
Donna Vekic will earn herself a career best ranking of No. 29, as will Lesia Tsurenko who will be ranked No. 24, and if she wins the title, one spot higher.
Karolina Pliskova won here in 2017 and is aiming to make her second final here, and if she does, she will be the third player to reach multiple finals in Brisbane along with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka
Julia Goerges looks set to make it another WTA Auckland final, but the real story has been the wins of Bianca Andreescu. First she took out Caroline Wozniacki, and backed it up with a win over Venus Williams.
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