Friday saw the completion of quarterfinal matches in Bucharest and Gstaad come to a close.
First up in Gstaad, Sara Sorribes Tormo secured her passage into the semifinals, largely cruising past Tamara Korpatsch 6-2, 6-3. Sorribes Tormo has a game somewhat like Madison Brengle, as her game style revolves around retrieving balls to force the opponent into errors. Today’s performance was around the same from Sorribes Tormo as a wild, erratic Korpatsch gave too much away. The Spaniard will next play Kiki Bertens, who moved past doubles partner Johanna Larsson, 6-4 6-4.
In the battle of the young guns, Tereza Martincova outlasted Antonia Lottner, 3-6 6-1 7-5. This was also the first time I watched tennis on the Internet on such a clear stream! I only watched a few games but it was clear both had aggressive games and were hard-hitters. In Martincova’s second WTA semifinal, she will play another big hitter in Anett Kontaveit, who beat Carina Witthoeft in straight sets.
Here’s the line-up… Which semi are you looking most forward too?
Switching over to Bucharest where I spent my time watching the majority of tennis from, the first match I watched was one of my favourites, Carla Suarez Navarro, cruising past Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-3. Carla led 6-0 2-0 before Maria mounted a mini comeback with the Spaniard’s forehand unable to find the court. After she cleaned that up, Suarez Navarro started hitting with much more depth and authority and it was too much for a fatigued Maria.
Irina-Camelia Begu played somewhat like a dead corpse in the first few games against Pauline Parmentier in their quarterfinal clash. But after trailing 3-5 in the set, Begu transformed into a completely different player. At 5-5 30-30, fortune favoured the brave as Begu attempted a backhand down the line that landed on the line. Since then Parmentier was unable to find her footing as Begu did not drop a game from then on. The Romanian player will face off against Suarez Navarro for a spot in the final.
The top seed is out… completely didn’t see that coming. Romanian Ana Bogdan produced the performance of her lifetime to oust Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 6-3. Bogdan has such big groundstrokes and she definitely has the potential to go further. Another player in her second WTA semifinal, she’ll face Julia Goerges next… Goerges is arguably having one of her most consistent years since 2012. The German reached the semifinals of Auckland and Budapest, quarters in Biel, and a final showing in Mallorca. She’s now into another semifinal courtesy of defeating Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5, 7-5.
Here’s the semifinal line-up…
Lastly, a news update for Agnieszka Radwanska… She is getting married today!
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