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Caroline Wozniacki digs deep to beat Sara Errani in Istanbul

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World Number 2 and this year’s Australian Open champion Caroline Woznacki had to dig deep to beat Italian star Sara Errani 5-7 6-3 6-3 after 2 hours and 26 minutes at the WTA International tournament in Istanbul.

 

Errani won the first set before Wozniacki turned around the match in the second set. The Italian player, who had won just one game in their most recent match at the 2014 US Open, dropped her serve seven times from the eleven break points she faced. Wozniacki faced 12 break points in the first set, but Errani created just two opportunities in the second and third sets.

Errani broke serve in the fifth and seventh games to build up a 5-2 lead. The Dane saved a set point on her return and got one break back in the 8th game. Errani did not convert her second set point on her serve at 5-4. Errani broke on her sixth break point chance in a very long 11th game and held serve at 30 in the next game to close out the opening set 7-5.

Wozniacki went up a double break to open up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the second set 6-3. Wozniacki dropped her serve once, but broke twice in the first and fifth games. Errani dropped her serve again, as she was serving to stay in the match at 3-5.

Wozniacki hit 47 winners to Errani’s 23.

“In the first set I made too many unforced errors, but I cut that down in the second and third set. On the clay it’s important to be able to play defense, because there are longer rallies, but at the same time, if you have a short ball, you have to attack. I am trying to find that balance. It’s not easy, especially in the first tournament of the year”, said Wozniacki during the post-match press conference.

Wozniacki will face French player Pauline Parmentier. who beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2 2-6 6-3 to reach her first quarter final of the year.

Donna Vekic cruised past Anja Tomljanovic 6-1 6-2 in 1 hour and 11 minutes in their second head-to-head match. Vekic served at 48 %, but dropped just 12 points in her eight service games. The Croatian player converted on four of her ten break point chances. She went up a double break in the second and sixth games to close out the first set. She got a double break at the start of the second set and sealed the win with a hold of serve in the 8th game.

In other matches Aranxta Rus overcame Danka Kovinic 2-6 6-2 6-0, while Maria Sakkari eased past Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-1.

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Fiona Ferro beats Camila Giorgi to set up final against Anett Kontaveit

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France’s Fiona Ferro came back from one set down to beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 2-6 6-2 7-5 reaching her first final of the season at the Ladies Open in Palermo. Ferro sets up a final against Anett Kontaveit, who beat top seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4. 

 

Giorgi broke twice in a row to open up a 4-0 lead and saved three break points before holding serve for 5-0. Ferro pulled one break back, when Giorgi was serving for the first set. Giorgi sealed the opening set 6-2 with her third break in the eighth game. 

Ferro earned an early break in the first game of the second set and held her serve after saving two break points to open up a 2-0 lead. Ferro went up a double break in the fifth game to race out to a 4-1 lead, but Giorgi got one break back for 2-4. Ferro broke again in the seventh game and served out the second set 6-2. 

Giorgi dropped her serve in the third game of the second set and saved a break point in the fifth game. Giorgi broke back in the 10th game, as Ferro was serving for the match at 5-4. Ferro broke serve in the 11th game and served out the win on her second match point. 

Giorgi was aiming to become the first Italian player to reach the final in Palermo since Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci battled for the title in 2013. Ferro is unbeaten in all her four post-lockdown matches on the WTA Tour.

Ferro beat an Italian opponent for the second evening in a row one day after her win over Sara Errani. 

“I would have never won those matches two years ago. I used to focus on my opponent when she was playing aggressive, and I did not find solutions. Today I am very happy to be through because I managed to focus more on my game and not on my emotions”, said Ferro.

“I have no regrets. I felt in good shape and I tried to play my own game. The break in the third set made the difference”, said Giorgi.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Camila Giorgi battles past Dayana Yastremska in late-night clash in Palermo

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Italy’s Camila Giorgi battled past number 7 seed Dayana Yastremska 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 after 2 hours and 52 minutes to secure her spot in the semifinal at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Giorgi fended off two match points in the second set before completing her come-back in a late-night epic clash which ended at nearly 1.30 a.m. local time. Giorgi set up a semifinal against French player Fiona Ferro, who beat another Italian player Sara Errani.

Both players traded breaks in the first and fourth games of the opening set to draw level to 3-3. Giorgi saved three break points in the seventh game, but Yastremska converted her fourth chance with a service return to take a 4-3 lead. 

Yastremska served for the first set at 5-4, but Giorgi earned a break point, when the Ukrainian player made a double fault. Giorgi missed two groundstrokes and Yastremska earned a set point. Giorgi fended off four set points, but she was not able to reach a break point. Yastremska hit an ace to earn he fifth set point and converted it after Giorgi sent a forehand wide. 

The second set started with two trades of break en route to 3-3. Yastremska broke serve, as Giorgi sent a forehand wide on the third break point. Yastremska earned her first match point with an ace at 5-4. She earned a second opportunity with a forehand winner. Giorgi saved them with her powerful returns before breaking serve to draw level to 5-5. The Italian player raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and hit a backhand winner down the line to pull away to 6-3. Yastremska saved the first two set points, but Giorgi sealed the second set on her third opportunity. 

In the third set Yastremska earned two break points at 3-2, but Giorgi held serve to draw level to 3-3. Giorgi broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 and held serve in the eighth game for 5-3. Giorgi earned a match point, when Yastremska netted a groundstroke, and converted it, when her return forced a wide error. 

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