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There won’t be fans in the stands again today, day 10 of play at this Australian Open, as the semi-finals line-up is finalised, but the breaking news from Victoria is that the snap lockdown that has been imposed since last week will be lifted as of tomorrow, Thursday.

We’re awaiting confirmation about what that means for tennis fans, and whether they’ll be allowed back into Melbourne Park for the semis onwards, but from what Victorian premier Dan Andrews has indicated, it’s looking likely.

He has so far refused to address the Australian Open specifically, but Andrews did say: “Sport and recreation activities can resume again, with density quotas in place… entertainment and public events will have caps.”

For now, Ash Barty continues her pursuit to become the first local player to win the Australian Open since 1978 in front of empty stands on Rod Laver Arena, where she meets the Czech 25th seed Karolina Muchova for a place in the final four.

We’ll have game-by-game updates on that match on Rod Laver Arena, due to start at 11am local time – in about 10 minutes.

Do get in touch if you feel the need. I’m on mike.hytner@theguardian.com, or @mike_hytner it Twitter’s your thing.

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