Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / WTA 250
Slovakian Kristina Kucova held off home-country favourite Irina Bara, 2-6 7-6(3) 7-6 (5) in a marathon clay-court match to advance to the quarter-finals of the Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Thursday where she fell to Egypt’s Mayar Sherif, 6-3 6-1, on Friday.
I'm not thinking about the trophy just yet, because there are two more games to be played. First of all, tomorrow`s game is the most important. Of course, it would be amazing to win a tournament in Romania, and it would be even more special because it`s the first edition and because I enjoy this city a lot. Mihaela Buzarnescu
Earlier in the week, Sherif toppled No 1 seed Alizé Cornet, 6-2 6-4, in the opening round and takes on another home favourite in former World No 20 Mihaela Buzarnescu, who reached her first WTA semi-final since Hiroshima 2019 with a straight-sets defeat of Kristyna Pliskova, 7-5 6-3, and is the last Romanian standing.
“It`s a great moment of happiness to have won this match, and I hope I`ll see even more fans at tomorrow`s match, considering it`s a weekend day,” said Buzarnescu. “I am the only Romanian player left in the tournament so I hope they will come to support me and enjoy all the other games played here because this is a very well-organised tournament.
“I`m not thinking about the trophy just yet, because there are two more games to be played. First of all, tomorrow`s game is the most important.
“Of course, it would be amazing to win a tournament in Romania, and it would be even more special because it`s the first edition and because I enjoy this city a lot,” she added.
Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia recorded a 6-3 6-3 upset of 3rd-seeded Ana Bodgan of Romania on Wednesday in the second round of the Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and went on to defeat compatriot Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-3 6-0 to set up a meeting with Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, the No 2 seed.
Petkovic had posted a 6-4 6-3 victory over Romania’s Jaqueline Cristian to meet Australia’s Seone Mendez, who led 4-3 when Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine retired.
That quarter-final match was suspended overnight with the score standing at 6-7(6) 4-6 5-1 in favour of Petkovic.
Thoreau Tennis Open, Concord, USA / WTA 125
The last quarter-final match at the Thoreau Open in Concord in Massachusetts was also suspended overnight with Poland’s Magdalena Frech leading American wild-card Katrina Scott 6-4, 1-1.
Frech took out 9th-seeded Australian Storm Sanders, 6-2 6-2, to reach the last 8, while Scott upset compatriot Lauren Davis, the 5th seed, 7-6(1) 7-5, in the first round before edging past another American, Vera Dolehide, 1-6 6-0 7-5.
Russia’s veteran, Vera Zvonareva, seeded 4, battled past Varvara Lepchenko, also from the US, 6-3 6-4, and qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze from Georgia, 5-7 6-2 6-4, to await the winner between Fech and Scott.
In the lower half of the draw, 3rd-seed Madison Brengle, reached the quarters with a 6-3 7-5 win over Spain’s Cristina Bucsa, where she will play Mexico’s Renata Zarazua, the 8th seed, who upset the No 2 seed, Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei, 6-3 2-6 7-5.
The Thoreau Open is the first WTA tournament to be hosted in Massachusetts since Longwood hosted a similar event in 1998.
The Thoreau Club successfully hosted a ITF Women’s 60k Tournament in 2019, and have taken a step up in staging a WTA 125k tournament this year.