Top seed Magda Linette defeated Great Britain’s Samantha Murray 6-3 6-0 in the semi-finals at the LTA’s Manchester Trophy to set up a title decider against 2017 champion Zarina Diyas
I’m feeling great. I’m happy because you never know on the grass, it’s a really difficult surface especially against players that serve as well as Samantha can. I knew I needed to be really focused on every point because it can turn around at any moment and I just needed to wait for my chance. Magda Linette
Linette needed just 54 minutes to record a straight sets victory over Stockport’s Murray in a match which was interrupted by rain. The Polish player capitalised on her first break point in the eighth game and then served out the first set before producing a dominant display in the second, breaking three times to seal victory and book her spot in Sunday’s final.
“I’m feeling great. I’m happy because you never know on the grass, it’s a really difficult surface especially against players that serve as well as Samantha can,” said Linette. “I knew I needed to be really focused on every point because it can turn around at any moment and I just needed to wait for my chance.”
Awaiting Linette in the final is Diyas who had to complete her quarter-final match against Xiyu Wang before taking on No.2 seed Madison Brengle in the semi-finals on Saturday. The Kazakh’s last eight match had been suspended at 7-6(1) 5-2 on Friday evening and resumed for just one game on Saturday, Diyas serving out the victory to book her spot in the final four. The world No.101 then upset Brengle 6-1 7-5 in 73 minutes to advance to her second final at The Northern Tennis Club.
“It was really tough because yesterday I couldn’t finish my match so today I had to play and it was not easy mentally to stay focused but I handled it well,” said Diyas. “I’m really happy with my game, particularly in the second match because it was not easy. She was playing really good, winning a lot of balls back and it was windy so it was tough to control the ball but I played well and I’m happy with the win.”
Robin Anderson and Laura-Ioana Paar saved two match points on their way to victory over Manchester’s Naomi Broady and her American partner Asia Muhammad 6-3 6-7(4) 12-10 in the semi-finals of the doubles. Anderson and Paar will face China’s Ying-Ying Duan and Lin Zhu in Sunday’s doubles final.