London | WTA Roundup: Bondar upsets Trevisan in Budapest while Martic takes out Bencic in Lausanne

Budapest, Hungary – WTA 250 Hungarian Grand Prix

Local favourite, 9th-seeded Anna Bondar, upset the Martina Trevisan, the No 2 seed from Italy, in the Hungarian Grand Prix quarter-finals on Friday, while Yulia Putintseva, the 3rd seed from Kazakstan, benefitted from the retirement of Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in the second set to reach the Last 4.

Bondar, ranked 53, took out Trevisan, 6-4 6-1, in an hour and 42 minutes, while Tsurenko, ranked No 97, pulled out at Római Tennis Academy in Budapest with the score standing at 6-0 2-0 in Putintseva’s favour.

The Hungarian won 71% of her first-serve points to Trevisan’s 49%, and while both won a similar percentage of second-serve points, 41% to the Italian’s 40%, Bondar saved 3 of the 5 break points she faced while converting 6 of the 17 break points she had on the Trevisan serve.

Looking to clinch a place in the Hungarian Grand Prix final, Bondar will next play Bernarda Pera after the American qualifier got past Trevisan’s fellow country-woman, Elisabetta Cocciaretto in their quarter-final encounter, 6-4 6-3, after an hour and 26 minutes.

Pera lost her serve twice but converted 5 of the 7 break point chances she had on Cocciaretto’s serve, and finished the match with 65 points to her opponent’s 45.

The American returns to her first WTA semi-final since Jurmala 2019, her 5th overall, and has yet to drop a set in 5 matches so far.

Putintseva, who has reached the semi-finals in Budapest for the second year in a row, is ranked No 32 and will face Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic next, who sailed past China’s Wang Xiyu, 6-0 6-1, in just 63 minutes.

Krunic, who dropped just one game in her round-of-16 match against Zhang Shuai, was similarly dominant in her quarter-final against Zhang’s compatriot, Wang.

The 29-year-old won 70% of her first-serve points and 67% points on first-serve return, while she also won 78% of her second-serve points and 77% of points on second-serve return.

Unlike in her match against Zhang, though, in which she lost her serve once, this time round, Krunic saved the lone break point she faced while converting 6 of the 7 break points she had on Wang’s serve.

Petra Martic upset local hopes by getting past Belinda Bencic to reach the semi-finals of the Ladies Open Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland – WTA 250 Ladies Open Lausanne

Croatia’s Petra Martic pulled off a 6-3 7-6(2) upset of 2nd-seeded Belinda Bencic, the home favourite, at the Ladies Open Lausanne on Friday to make her first semi-final of the year.

A single break at 4-3 in the opener was enough for Martic to snatch it off the Olympic champion, winning it on her 3rd set point.

In the second, Martic had 2 break advantages and, at 6-5, she served for the match, but Bencic managed to hold on for the tiebreak in which the Croatian took an impressive 6-0 lead before nailing the win after the 3rd of 6 consecutive match points.

It was their 4th meeting and the second victory for the Croatian over Bencic.

During the match, Martic fired 8 aces with a first-serve percentage of 68 percent, and converted 3 out of 5 break points.

This will be Martic’s first appearance in a semi-final match in 2022, the last time being in Rome in May 2021.

To reach her first final after Zhangzhou in September 2019, Martic will face Caroline Garcia, the 6th seed from France, who outpaced Spain’s Sara Sorribes, 6-4 6-1.

Last week, Martic reached the second week of Wimbledon for the 3rd time in her career, having played in the round of 16 in 2017 and 2019, and lost in the round of 16 to the eventual champion Elena Rybakina.

In the top half of the draw, Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic came from 5-2 down in the 3rd set to bring local wild-card Simona Waltert’s run in Lausanne to an end, 6-4 4-6 7-6(5), after a 2 hour 43 minute battle.

Danilovic won, despite only converted only 4 of 9 break point opportunities, which was better than Waltert’s conversion rate of 4 out of 12.

It is Danilovic’s 2nd career WTA semi-final, and her first since winning her debut WTA tournament at the 2018 Moscow River Cup.

Her next opponent, Istanbul champion Anastasia Potapova, reached her second semi-final of 2022 at the after defeating Germany’s Jule Niemeier, 6-4 6-2, in an hour and a half.

Danilovic and Potapova have faced each other twice before and split wins, although the Serbian won her’s on clay.

A tournament rich in history, the WTA Ladies Open Lausanne dates all the way back to 1899 and, over the years, past has crowned the likes of Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport as champions on its clay surface.



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