Sunday, March 26, 2023

Kasatkina, Bencic into Adelaide semis; Kenin battles again in Hobart

World quantity eight Daria Kasatkina stumbled to shut out the match however progressed to the semifinals of the Adelaide Worldwide 2 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Petra Kvitova on Thursday.

Twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova was at her most erratic, spraying 42 unforced errors over the courtroom, however nonetheless managed to save lots of two match factors and maintain for 6-6 within the second set on the Australian Open warm-up.

“There was a hurricane in sight after losing the game after being just one point away from the win,” Kasatkina admitted.

“With Petra, the score doesn’t matter, you just have to be ready for everything. I’m really happy that I was able to keep my focus in the tiebreaker.”

The hurricane by no means arrived and Kasatkina sealed the victory within the tiebreak to maneuver on to a last-four conflict in opposition to Spain’s Paula Badosa, who later beat Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6 (5), 7-5 in her quarterfinal.

Kasatkina, a high 10 participant 4 years in the past earlier than plummeting down the rankings and nearly giving up the game, stated she was seeking to preserve her consistency after ending 2022 effectively and making an honest begin to the brand new season.

“It’s a rollercoaster, that why guys who can stay top 10 for 10 years, or the whole of their careers, it’s amazing,” she stated.

“I feel myself to keep this level is so difficult. Once you get relaxed, everything goes away.”

In a while Thursday, Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic survived a second-set scare to beat France’s fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

“The key was to hold my serve. We both served great, it’s hard to return against her, sometimes it felt like Russian roulette,” Bencic stated.

Bencic will subsequent face acquainted foe Veronika Kudermetova, who saved 5 match factors in a battling win over American Danielle Collins 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

“We go way back into the juniors, we know each other from then,” Bencic stated of Kudermetova, who she has confronted 9 occasions on the tour.

“It’s good to know how she plays, but in every tournament there are different conditions, so it will be a different match, you can’t really compare.”

Sofia Kenin has skilled the ups and downs of tennis like few others since profitable the Australian Open in 2020 and she or he continued to indicate indicators of progress within the quarter-finals of the Hobart Worldwide.

Now ranked 143rd on the planet after sickness, damage and off-court points blighted her final three seasons, the American got here from behind to beat Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Kenin, who received the match in 2019, will play Elisabetta Cocciaretto within the semifinals after the Italian saved two match factors on her technique to a 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4 win over American sixth seed Bernarda Pera.

“I just tried to keep on fighting,” stated the previous world quantity 4, who returned from her newest damage layoff in August final yr.

“Match-after-match I’m playing better and I’m just going to try to keep going.”

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