Portoroz: A goal in the semi-finals for Paolini

A bar from nothing, at the end of a beautiful and brave match: Jasmoni Paolini was unable to get past the quarter-final hurdle set up by Katerina Siniakova to try to confirm her title in Portoroz. He had to surrender to the Czech, in good shape, after a fight that could be defined as uphill, for 2 hours and 34 minutes, in which he fought strength and courage with long exchanges until the 6-2 3-6 7-5 (5) final in favor of n. She was ranked number one in the world in doubles rankings, with the last US Open winner paired with Barbora Krezhikova.

The rain had postponed Yasmine Paolini’s commitment in the quarter-finals until today dThe “Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz”, WTA 250 with a prize pool of $251,750 who – which It is disputed over concrete in PortorozAnd the in Slovenia.

26 years old from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, No. 55 WTA and defending champion, after defeating 19-year-old Dutchman Tara Worth on her debutAnd the No. 219 of the standings, the qualifiers ascended to him, and after his victory in the second round in the deciding set tiebreak over the favorite at home, Slovenian Kaja Jovan, No. 72 WTA, Played to enter the semi-finals with Czech Katerina Sinyakova, No. 82 of the ranking, the protagonist in the first appearance to eliminate Martina Trevisan, No. 27 of the ranking and 4 of the seed. There were no precedents between the Tuscan player and the 26-year-old Hradec Kralove. The winner will then return to the field in the evening to face Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam, No. 213 WTA, coming out of the qualifiers.

the match

Siniakova started very strong with aggressive tennis Which has exploited the right-of-service combination and still aims to control the exchange, driving with full force. In the first set he was also mistaken and clearly imposed himself, as he also did against Martina Trevisan, his Italian victim this week.

Gradually, however, Paolini took measures, finding the tempo to support the exchange and becoming more and more unworkable. Already ready to overturn the stalemate of exchanges, pressing hard in return and finding malicious corners. Needless to say, Synyakova increased the number of errors under pressure. And tied the color blue, and won the second set.

The third match was a real fight, they play very well: prolonged exchanges at high speed, trying to move the opponent to open a lane to sink the blow. Neither of them wanted to give up or give up playing games. Paolini was also very strong mentally, he always had to serve second, like that at 4-5 and 5-6.

She didn’t shiver and won the tiebreak, starting very well, leading 4-2 on a pitch change. However, Sinyakova was just as strong as she was a bit lucky. She continued the attack and the tape helped her a few times. It affected 5-5 and did not miss the opportunity to close.

Another semi-final was decided: in front of Kazakh Elena Rybakina, No. 25 in the rankings and 3 in the classification, champion of Wimbledon, and Anna Bogdan of Romania, No. 63 of the WTA.