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Lyon | Kenin heads into semi-finals

Top seed Sofia Kenin advanced to the semi-finals of the Lyon Open after beating France’s Oceane Dodin in three sets on Friday.

It was a bit if a strange match. I was up, and somehow managed to not close it out there, but overall, I think it was a good match. I played some good tennis, some good points, and I’m happy with the way that I found my rhythm after yesterday. Sofia Kenin

The Australian Open champion has struggled for form since her Melbourne Park success, making first-round exits in Dubai and Doha, but now appears to be back on track.

“It was still not perfect today, but I definitely feel like I found my rhythm,” Kenin said. “I was playing well, dictating well.”

After being a set up and 5-2 ahead in the second, Kenin saw her opponent mount a fightback before subsequently getting past her, 6-1 6-7(7) 6-2, in an hour and 50 minutes.

She dominated the opening set and found herself up 4-1 following an early break, but the Frenchwoman hit back and then edged the tiebreak.

Kenin, though, was back on form in the decider as she broke twice.

“It was a bit if a strange match. I was up, and somehow managed to not close it out there, but overall, I think it was a good match.

“I played some good tennis, some good points, and I’m happy with the way that I found my rhythm after yesterday.

“I felt pretty good in the first round – still not 100 percent, but I still got the win – and I would say that today was my best game [here so far].”

The American will now face 5th seed Alison Van Uytvanck for a place in the final, after the Belgium scored an impressive 6-2 6-2 win over another Frenchwoman, 3rd seed Caroline Garcia.

The other semi-final will be between Russian 7th seed Daria Kasatkina and Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Kasatkina beat Italian Camila Giorgi, 6-2 4-6 6-2, while Friedsam came back from a set down to see off 8th-seeded Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova, 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2.



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