Former Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova overcame Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 1-6 6-1 to reach the semifinals at the Brisbane International for the third consecutive year.
Pliskova drew the first break in the second game of the opening set after a double fault from Tomljanovic and saved two break points in the fifth game. The Czech player, who won in Brisbane in 2017, earned another break in the sixth game and served out the first set 6-1 with hold at love in the seventh game thanks to a service winner.
Tomljanovic broke twice to race out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and saved a break point in the seventh game before sealing the set with a forehand cross court winner.
Pliskova fought back by winning the first 14 points to race out to a 4-0 lead in the decisive set with a forehand drive winner. The former world number 1 player wrapped up the match with a hold in the seventh game.
“It was a very strange match today, but the beginning of the sets was very important. I have never had a match like this, but I am just happy that I am back in the semifinals”,said Pliskova.
Pliskova will take on Donna Vekic, who cruised through last year’s Brisbane finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-0 in just 56 minutes to advance to her second semifinal after Tokyo in 2018 and secure her spot in the top 30. Vekic converted all her five break points.
Vekic earned an immediate break in the opening game of the first set with a forehand winner and held her service game in the next game with a service winner. The Croatian player went up a double break with a backhand error from Sasnovich. Vekic closed out the opening set with a service winner at 5-2 after 30 minutes. Vekic broke in the first game of the second set with a backhand cross court winner and held his serve with two winners after a deuce.
Vekic got a break in the first game of the second set and hit two winners to hold his service game at deuce. Sasnovich netted a forehand to drop her serve in the third game. Vekic broke for the third time at love with a backhand return winner and held serve with a forehand winner in the sixth game to close out the second set with a bagel.
Pliskova beat Vekic in the semifinal of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last autumn en route to winning her second 2018 title.
“I think she is playing well here. I saw a little bit of her match today and we hit before the tournament. The last time we played in Tokyo, it was a three-setter again. It’s the semifinals and there are really no easy matches”,said Pliskova.
Amanda Anisimova Enters Winners Circle In Bogota After Edging Out Sharma
Amanda Anisimova edged out Astra Sharma to win her maiden WTA title.
17 year-old Amanda Anisimova won her first ever WTA title after edging past Astra Sharma 4-6 6-4 6-1 in Bogota.
The American, who has been tipped for big things in Tennis, battled back from a set and a break down to win her first WTA title in Bogota.
It means that Anisimova is the youngest American to win a WTA title since Serena Williams in 1999 and is destined for many more titles in the future.
Meanwhile in Lugano another 17 year-old Iga Swiatek just fell short of her first title as she lost to Polona Hercog 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The match saw a nervous start as both players were going for their first title of their career. After the first five break points where converted, Sharma was the first one to hold for a 4-2 lead.
Eventually the American held herself before both women broke each other again in a very messy first set. The Australian held at the end of the set as she secured the opening set.
It was a positive start from Sharma, who was looking to do the double in Bogota after winning the doubles title with Zoe Hives yesterday.
A reassured Sharma took a 3-2 lead, breaking twice, and it was looking increasingly likely that she would be the one to claim her first singles title.
However Anisimova started to gain confidence off her serve and her movement was looking better as the match went on.
A fix on the timing of the return saw the American break twice more as she took the second set 6-4 to force a decider.
The 17 year-old then took charge of the final set as she mixed up her serving and showed a lot of confidence on the backhand side.
After saving a couple of break points, she held for a 3-0 lead as the Australian was missing simple shots as she had no clear decision making.
Eventually Anisimova remained poised and confident to secure her first ever WTA title and to become the youngest WTA winner since Serena Williams in 1999.
It was a mixed day for the juniors after Wimbledon Juniors champion Iga Swiatek fell short of her first WTA title after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat to Polona Hercog.
The Slovenian showed more experience and grit to overcome a confident Swiatek to claim her third career WTA title.
This week’s results means now their have been 18 different winners in 18 different tournaments on the WTA tour, which is an unprecedented feat.
Amanda Anisimova becomes the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà
US 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova fought back from one set down to beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà.
Roland Garros Junior finalist Amanda Anisimova has become the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà and the first since Irina Falconi in 2016. She has reached the second final of her career.
Haddad Maia earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, but Anisimova broke straight back in the next game. Haddad Maia got another break lead for 3-2. Anisimova brought up five break point chance on Haddad’s next three service games, but the Brazilian player held on her service games to clinch the opening set 6-4.
Anisimova earned six break points, but Haddad Maia saved them setting up a tie-break. Anisimova opened up a 2-0 lead, but Haddad Maia pulled back the mini-break to draw level to 2-2. Anisimova reeled off five consecutive points to seal the tie-break 7-2 sending the match to the third set.
Anisimova went up a double break to open up a 4-1 lead. Haddad Maia got one of the two breaks back, but Anisimova broke again for 5-2, when the Brazilian player made a double fault. Anisimova saved five break points before serving out the match after three deuces.
“She is a great player, and I have never played her before. I was expecting a really tough match, because especially on clay she is really good”, said Anisimova.
Anisimova will face Australia’s Astra Sharma, who beat 2012 Bogotà champion and 2017 and 2018 finalist Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1 after 66 minutes reaching the first final of her career.
The first set went on serve in the first eight games with no break point chances. Arruabarrena earned the first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Sharma got the break back after saving two set points. Arruabarrena held two game points in the 12th game, but Sharma rallied from 15-40 to break serve for 7-5 after a double break from the Spanish player.
Sharma earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to winning the second set 6-1.
“The most important thing this week has been keeping my keeping really good mentally. Staying positive, staying positive, not thinking too much or getting too negative on court. I have just been really solid and consistent, point by point”, said Sharma.
Iga Swiatek Becomes New Polish Number One At 17 After Reaching Lugano Final
Iga Swiatek will be the new Polish number one on Monday at 17 after reaching the final in Lugano.
Iga Swiatek has become the new polish number one at the age of 17 after reaching the final at the Samsung Open in Lugano.
The fearless Pole is making a name for herself on the tour after reaching the final in Lugano at the age of 17, her first WTA final of her career.
A simply stunning 6-0 6-1 win over Kristyna Pliskova confirmed her place at this year’s main draw of Roland Garros and made sure she overtakes Magda Linette on Monday to become the new Polish number one.
After the win Swiatek said she was quite surprised herself at her form, “I feel great. I’m quite surprised that I’m in the final,” Swiatek said in her on-court interview.
“Because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in main draw, but I’m really happy that I made it. I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also.”
— WTA (@WTA) April 13, 2019
To put into perspective her achievements this week, Swiatek has become the youngest ever Polish player to reach a WTA final, even younger than Agnieszka Radwanska.
After her rapid rise through juniors including winning the Wimbledon title, I don’t think even Iga could have predicted her transition to the WTA tour would be as successful as it has been.
Her variety mixed with precise footwork and movement is the ultimate combination to be a great player on clay as she is proving right now.
But her Wimbledon Girls title last year also proves that she can adapt to all surfaces at such a young age and be successful.
The Pole will play Polona Hercog for her first WTA title after the Slovenian defeated Fiona Ferro 6-4 7-5 to reach the final.
No matter what happens tomorrow though Swiatek has officially arrived on the WTA tour, already making history, and nobody will want to play her at the French Open next month.
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