London | WTA Roundup: Potapova fells Krejcikova in Hamburg, Parry upsets Putintseva in Palermo

Hamburg, Germany – WTA 250 Hamburg European Open

Top seed Anett Kontaveit made it into the semi-finals of the Hamburg European Open after home favourite Andrea Petkovic pulled out out of the quarter-final contest with an injury, but 3rd-seeded Barbora Krejcikova was sent packing by Russian Anastasia Potapova, who cruised past the Czech, 6-1 6-3, on while Maryna Zanevska the 7th seed from Belgium, upset the No 4 seed, Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-4 7-5.

Kontaveit, the World No 2 from Estonia, was leading 6-0, 2-0 when Petkovic retired, having pulled a groin muscle in the first set and taken a medical timeout for treatment at its conclusion.

The Estonian will meet Potapova for a place in the finals after the unseeded Russian took out Krejcikova in an hour and 11 minutes.

Potapova won 63% of her first-serve points, and 59% of points on return on the Czech’s first serve and while both struggled to win points on their second serve, the Russian fared better than the 2021 French Open champion as she took 38% of them against the Czech’s 21%.

Although Potapova lost her serve 3 times, she took 7 of Krejcikova’s service games in the match.

Kontaveit and Potapova played each other once before, at the Moscow Open in 2018, when the World No 2 won in straight sets.

In the lower half of the draw, Zanevska lines up against American qualifier Bernarda Pera in the other semi-final after the Belgian beat Sasnovich in straight sets in an hour and 35 minutes.

Zanevska notched up her first career Top 40 win to advance to her 3rd career tour-level semi-final, and her first since winning Gdynia 2021.

The Belgian broke the Belarusian 7 times in the match, but also lost her 5 games on own serve, while she won almost 57% of her first-serve points to Sasnovich’s 48%.

In the last quarter-final, Budapest champion Pera extended her winning streak to 10 matches and reached her 2nd semi-final in a row with her straight-sets defeat of Siniakova, Krejcikova’s doubles partner, after an hour and 11 minutes, which is the American’s first win over the Czech in 5 pro encounters.

Pera won 79% of her first-serve points and 50% of her second-serve points, and fired 6 aces while going 7-for-7 in break points converted and saving both break points she faced.

In their semi-final match-up, Zanevska and Pera take on each other for the 3rd time, having split their two previous encounters.

Diane Parry took out 2nd-seeded Yulia Putintseva to reach the quarter-finals at the Palermo Ladies Open on Thursday

Palermo, Italy – WTA 250 Palermo Ladies Open

France’s Diane Parry upset No 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, 6-3 6-4, to reach her first quarter-final on tour at the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy on Thursday.

It was the 19-year-old Parry’s 3rd career win against a top-50 player.

Compatriot, 5th-seeded Caroline Garcia, recovered from a bagel first set to defeat Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto, 0-6 6-3 6-4.

Garcia, who has now won 13 of her past 15 matches, served 5 aces and saved 6 of 9 break points.

The Frenchwoman will face an Italian opponent for the second straight round after Lucia Bronzetti defeated Russia’s Elina Avanesyan, 6-1 6-3, and is one of two Italians left standing in the tournament.

Two Spaniards also continue to prevail, with 4th-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo converting 6 of 13 break points en route to a 6-0 6-2 win over Leolia Jeanjean of France to reach the quarter-finals, and No 8 seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz eliminating Julia Grabher of Austria, 6-2 6-4.

The line-up in the quarter finals on Friday is: Bronzetti v Garcia (5), Jasmine Paolini v Parrizas Diaz (8), Anna Bondar (7) v Sorribes Tormo (4), and Irina-Camilla Begu v Parry.

Caroline Garcia recovered from a bagel set down to beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto in Palermo on Thursday



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