Austin | Kalinina makes Last 4 but Collins and Sevastova retire injured

Top seed Anhelina Kalinina reached the semi-finals of the ATX Open in Austin, Texas, on Friday, and will meet Wang Xiyu for a place in the final, but both Danielle Collins and Anastasija Sevastova had to retire with injuries in the middle of their quarter-final matches.

I don't really feel that I deserve it today. I'm sorry for what happened to Anastasia, what happened to her. I don't wish that on any player. I hope she recovers really fast. She's a great player, she played really good today and she deserved to win it. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Kalinina, ranked No 35 in the world and from Ukraine, pulled off a remarkable come-back to defeat 5th seed Diane Parry, 1-6 6-4 6-2, in 2 hours and 18 minutes after losing 9 of the first 11 games of the match, and trailing the Frenchwoman 2-4 in the second set.

She turned the tables, though, to win 10 of the last 12 games, rattling through the decider without facing a break point, winning just 46% of her first-serve points in the first set and improving to 80% in the third.

Kalinina, who has now won 3 of her 4 meetings with Parry, and the first off clay courts, reached her first semi-final since reaching the Rome final last May, and will face Wang Xiyu, the No 6 seed from China, in the Last 4 on Saturday.

Wang advanced to her second semi-final of the season after Collins, the American 3rd seed, retired due to a lower back injury in their quarter-final after losing the first set, 6-2.

“Sometimes this happens when the weather changes suddenly,” Collins said, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “I think that played a role. That’s arthritis for you. … It creeps up on you sometimes.”


Yuan Yue won an all-Chinese contest against Wang Yafan to make her second semi-final of the season at the WTA 250 in Austin

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Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova was in front Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia 6-4, 2-1, in their Last 8 contest when she fell on a net approach and hurt her left leg.

Serving at 2-1, 30-40, Sevastova had sprinted forward to put away a short ball at the net, and fell to the ground after her swing.

After being attended to by the medical staff, Sevastova was able to stand up and walk to her bench, but after having it taped, she played one point, yelled out in pain and retired. She left the court in a wheelchair. playing one more point on the resumption, she pulled out of the match, and was wheeled off the court in a wheelchair.

“I don’t really feel that I deserve it today,” Schmiedlova said. “I’m sorry for what happened to Anastasia, what happened to her. I don’t wish that on any player. I hope she recovers really fast.

“She’s a great player, she played really good today and she deserved to win it.”

Bidding to make her first WTA final since 2019 Hobart, Schmiedlova will face 8th-seeded Yuan Yue, who won an all-Chinese contest against Wang Yafan, 6-3 7-5.

The two Chinese fought toe-to-toe to see who would reach their second semi-final of the season, with Yuan eventually winning after 2 hours of play.


The main show court at the Westwood Country Club in Austin, Texas

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