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Barbora Krejcikova reaches her second career WTA semifinal

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Former WTA Doubles Number 1 Barbora Krejcikova beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 6-1 after 67 minutes to advance to the second WTA semifinal of her career at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.

 

Krejcikova has reached her first WTA Tour semifinal since 2017, when she finished runner-up to Kiki Bertens in Nurnberg as a qualifier. 

The Czech player has confirmed her good period of form this week one month after reaching the fourth round at the French Open. 

Krejcikova went up a double break to race out to a 4-1 lead. Sasnovich pulled one break back, but Krejcikova reeled off eight of the final nine break points. 

Krejikova dropped just six points on her first serve and converted five of the nine break points. 

Krejikova will face either Aryna Sabalenka or Oceane Dodin in Saturday’s semifinal. 

“I am really happy. This means a lot to me that I am even able to be here and able to play. It’s obviously very difficult with everything happening in the world right now. I am just really fortunate to be able to compete, have fun, and enjoy tennis. My ranking is improving, which is excellent for me. I have always been dreaming of being in the Top 100. I am moving even higher and higher up now, which is very prestigious for me. It was a very tough season for me, but when I was at home, I tried to put a lot of work into my tennis, physically and mentally.”, said Krejikova.

Ekaterina Alexandrova, who reached the final in Linz in 2018, cruised past Roland Garros semifinalist Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 without dropping serve. The Russian player fended off one of the two break points she faced as she served for the match. 

Alexandrova set up a semifinal match against Elise Mertens, who beat Veronika Kudemertova 6-4 6-1. 

Alexandrova set up a semifinal match against two-time US Open quarter finalist Elise Mertens, who beat Veronika Kudemertova 6-4 6-1. 

Kudemertova converted his fourth break point in the second game to take a 3-0 lead in the opening set and was two points from a 4-1 lead, before Mertens won five of the next six games to claim the opening set 6-4. 

Mertens raced out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and converted her third match points in the next game. 

“I tried to keep putting that one more ball in because she is a hard hitter. She has great groundstrokes but can also make mistakes so as aggressively as I tried to play, I also wanted to allow her to make that mistake”, said Mertens. 

Aryna Sabalenka was leading 6-3 3-3 when French qualifier Oceane Dodin was forced to withdraw from the match due to an ankle injury. 

“I slept in a little bit longer to get an extra hour, but I managed the turnaround pretty well after a slower start. From there, I played much better”, said Sabalenka. 

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Adrian Mannarino sets up quarter final match against Radu Albot at the Singapore Open

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Top seed Adrian Mannarino beat Roberto Marcora 6-3 7-5 to advance to the quarter finals at the Singapore Tennis Open. 

 

Mannarino converted his second break point at deuce in the fifth game of the opening set after six deuces to take a 3-2 lead, as Marcora hit his forehand into the net. The Frenchman earned three set points in the ninth game. Marcora saved the first two chances, but Mannarino sealed the first set on his third chance after 50 minutes. 

Marcora went down 0-40 in the second game of the second set, but he saved all three break points to hold serve at deuce. Mannarino held his serve in the next games and earned two match points on return in the 12th game. He sealed the win, as Marcora sent his backhand into the net. 

“At this stage there is no easy match. I never played against Marcora before, but I knew he had a couple of good games before. In the second set, he got used to the pace and was winning points in the big moments and it looked like it could go either way. I am pretty happy that I managed to keep my focus and win the second set”, said Mannarino. 

Mannarino set up a quarter final against Moldova’s Radu Albot, who fended off three match points to beat Yannick Hanfmann after 2 hours and 42 minutes. Albot fended off match points at 4-5 15-40 and in the second set and at 6-7 in the tie-break. 

Australia’s Matthew Ebden cruised past his compatriot John Millman 6-4 6-1 in 72 minutes. Soonwoo Kwon won 31 of his 38 first service points to beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Marin Cilic. Soonwoo Kwon claimed his third ATP Challenger Tour title in Biella beating Italian Next Gen star Lorenzo Musetti.

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Benoit Paire beats Nicholas Jerry to move into the quarter final at the Cirdoba Open

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Benoit Paire claimed a 6-2 6-4 win over Nicholas Jarry after 1 hour and 17 minutes to advance to the quarter finals at the Cordoba Open. Paire has improved his head-to-head record against Jarry to 4-0. 

 

The Frenchman fended off the eight break points he faced and broke twice in the third and fifth games and once in the second set. 

“I am really happy because I didn’t make too many double faults. I saw I was number one at the Australian Open with only one match and 23 double faults, so I am really happy to save it. Even when I was under pressure in the second set, I tried to push a little bit more. I am really happy about how I saved my break points in the second set. He made some mistakes on a few, but I was happy to fight. I did not say anything”,said Paire. 

Paire set up a quarter final against Federico Coria, the younger brother of former world number 3 Guillerrmo Coria. 

Federico Coria came back from one set down to beat Francesco Cerundolo from Argentina, who won three ATP Challenger titles in 2020. Coria reached the quarter final at Rio Open and qualified for his first Masters 1000 main draw in Rome. Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik rallied from one set down to beat Chilean qualifier Marcelo Tomas Vera 4-6 6-2 6-3 after 2 hours and 12 minutes setting up a quarter final match against Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis, who beat his compatriot Federico Delbonis 6-4 7-5. 

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Iga Swiatek reaches her first WTA Tour semifinal since her Roland Garros triumph

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Iga Swiatek has advanced to her first semifinal since her Roland Garros title last October, when Danielle Collins was forced to retire as she was trailing 2-6 0-3 in the second set. 

 

The 19-year-old Polish player fired 17 aces and and won all 10 points on Collins’ second serve. She held three hard fought service games at deuce at 2-0 and 5-2 in the first set and 1-0 in the second set. 

Swiatek earned an early break to open up a 3-0 lead. Collins broke back in the fifth game for 2-3, but Swiatek broke twice in the sixth and eighth games of the first set and once in the second game of the second set to build up a 6-2 3-0 lead, before Collins was forced to retire following a medical time-out. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal clash against Jill Teichmann, who battled past Anastasjia Sevastova 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 7-5 after 2  hours and 57 minutes. Sevastova saved five match points in the tie-break of the second set. Teichmann faced two match points, as she was serving at 4-5 in the third set. 

Sixteen year-old qualifier Coco Gauff came back from 2-6 2-4 down to beat Shelby Rogers 2-6 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes. 

Rogers broke twice in a row in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set 6-2 and earned two of the three breaks at the start of the start of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gauff rallied from 2-4 down by winning four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to take a 6-4 lead. The third set started with a trade of breaks. Rogers broke at love in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Gauff reeled off four games with two consecutive breaks to close out the third set 6-4. The 16-year-old US player won 14 of her 38 WTA main draw and qualifying matches in three sets and came back from one set down in 10 matches.

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