Jasmone Paolini did not manage to overcome the obstacle of the quarter-finals constituted by Katerina Siniakova to try to confirm her title in Portoroz. He had to give in to the Czech Republic, in great shape, after a battle that can really be defined as strenuous, of 2 hours and 34 minutes, fought by strength and courage with long exchanges from until 6-2 3-6 7-5 ( 5) final in favor of n. 1 in the world in the doubles ranking, recent winner of the US Open paired with Barbora Krejcikova.
The rain had postponed the commitment of Jasmine Paolini in the quarter-finals to today del “Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz”, WTA 250 with a prize pool of $ 251,750 that it is being disputed on the concrete of Portoroz, in Slovenia.
The 26 year old from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, n.55 WTA and reigning champion, after defeating 19-year-old Dutch Tara Wurth on her debut, n.219 of the ranking, promoted by the qualifiers, and having won in the second round at the tie-break of the decisive set on the home favorite, the Slovenian Kaja Juvan, n.72 WTA, entry to the semifinals was played with the Czech Katerina Siniakova, n.82 of the ranking, protagonist at the debut of the elimination of Martina Trevisan, n.27 of the ranking and 4 of the seeding. There were no precedents between the Tuscan player and the 26-year-old from Hradec Kralove. The winner would then return to the field in the evening to face the German Anna-Lena Friedsam, n.213 WTA, coming from the qualifiers.
Siniakova started very strong with an aggressive tennis which exploited the service-right combination and still aimed to command the exchange, pushing at full strength. In the first set he was also a little wrong and imposed himself clearly, as he had also done against Martina Trevisan, his Italian victim this week.
Paolini, however, gradually took the measures, found the rhythm to support the exchange and became more and more imperforable. Indeed ready to overturn the inertia of exchanges, pushing hard in turn and finding insidious corners. It goes without saying that, under pressure, Siniakova increased the number of errors. And the blue equalized, winning the second set.CopyAMP code.
The third game was really a battle, played very well by both: prolonged exchanges at high speed, trying to move the opponent to open a passage where to sink the blow. Neither of them wanted to give up or have ever given up playing games. Paolini was also very solid mentally, always having to serve second, so on 4-5 and 5-6.
She did not tremble and won the tie-break, where she started very well, 4-2 ahead at the change of field. Siniakova, however, was equally tough and also a bit lucky. She continued to attack and was helped in a couple of moments by the tape. You impacted on 5-5 and didn’t miss the opportunity to close.
The other semifinal has already been defined: in front of the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, n.25 in the ranking and 3 in the seeding, Wimbledon champion, and the Romanian Anna Bogdan, n.63 WTA.