Kasatkina stays on track

There are two simultaneous WTA events being run as part of the Melbourne Summer Set and 3rd-seeded Daria Kasatkina from Russia remains the favourite for the Melbourne 2 title after she defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain, 7-5 6-1, on Friday to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet American Amanda Anisimova.

While it took Kasatkina, ranked 26, an hour and 38 minutes to dispatch Parrizas Diaz, Anisimova had to come back from a set down to overcome Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, 2-6 6-3 6-2, to make her last 4 spot.

The 31-year old Romanian won the first 5 games of the match before the 20-year-old American slowly pulled her way into contention.

Anisimova eventually found a handful of pinpoint forehands at key moments to steer her way into her first WTA semi-final since 2020 Auckland, exactly two years ago.

In the other quarter-finals, another American, Ann Li, got past Russian Kamilla Rakhimova, 6-1 7-5, and she will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who advanced after Danish teenager Clara Tauson retired from their match with their quarter-final score standing at 6-3 2-0 in favour of the Belarusian qualifier.

Amanda Anisimova needed 3 sets to get past Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday and will meet Daria Kasatkina in the semi-finals of Melbourne 2

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