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Putintseva pushes on in Portoroz

At the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz tournament in Slovenia, 4th seed Sorana Cirstea, a recent Emma Raducanu conquest, was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-1 by Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in their last 8 meeting.

It’s quite uncomfortable to wait, warm-up and then interrupt. At this level of tournaments, you need to be maximally collected and play each point as best you can. I did quite well today, but I know that I have a much harder job ahead of me in the evening against Tamara. Kaja Juvan

Paolini will next face the No 2 seed Yulia Putintseva from Kazakstan, who beat Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti, 6-3 6-2, while 3rd seed Alison Riske from the USA saw off France’s Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4 6-1.

Riske will face Kaja Juvan, who came through her all-Slovenian battle with Tamara Zidansek, 7-6 4) 6-3.

Juvan reached her semi-final spot after pulling double-duty, winning her second-round match played on Thursday and completed on Friday due to rain, before taking on her compatriot.

She first beat Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, 7-6(1) 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals where she met Zidansek, who received a walkover into the last 8.

Speaking after her second-round win, Juvan had said: “It’s quite uncomfortable to wait, warm-up and then interrupt.

“At this level of tournaments, you need to be maximally collected and play each point as best you can.

“I did quite well today, but I know that I have a much harder job ahead of me in the evening against Tamara.”

The 20-year-old went on to post an upset over her higher-ranked countrywoman in an hour and 52 minutes.

Ranked 103, Juvan won 68% of her first-serve points to Zidansek’s 60%, but the biggest difference between the two was in the points each won off their second serves, with Juvan winning 70% while Zidansek could only manage 48%.

Juvan finished the match with 83 points to Zidansek’s 66, and next plays Riske on Saturday, who took an hour and 30 minutes to dispatch Mladenovic in their quarter-final match-up.

Kaja Juvan upset 5th-seeded compatriot Tamara Zidansek to reach the semi-finals in Portoroz


Putintseva posted another comfortable win in the Slovenian city, easily defeating Italian qualifier Bronzetti in an hour and 23 minutes, and now takes on another Italian in Paolini for a place in the final.

Paolini needed 2 hours 6 minutes to upset 4th-seeded Cirstea in 3 sets after the 87th ranked Italian comfortably led by a set and a break before conceding the break back to the Romanian, who then scored the second set.

Shrugging off her lapses, however, Paolini began the decider with a break, but there was a brief scare when she faced a break point herself at 3-1, which she saved before securing one further to serve out the match in the 7th game.

The Portoroz Open semi-final is the first that Paolini has reached at a WTA event.




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