De­fend­ing champ Kvi­tova through in Con­necti­cut Open

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY WIL­LIAM S. PAX­TON

Sec­ond- seeded de­fend­ing cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova of the Czech Re­pub­lic beat sev­enth-seeded Ag­nieska Rad­wan­ska of Poland 7-5, 6-4 on Thur­day night to reach the Con­necti­cut Open semi­fi­nals.

“She’s a smart player,” Kvi­tova said. “She know where the ball will go prob­a­bly be­fore I know where it’s go­ing to be. She’s a very good mover ac­tu­ally. I think that the serve is kind of the weak­ness of her game. I was try­ing to take ad­van­tage from it, to be ag­gres­sive from the first kind of shot.”

Kvi­tova over­came a 5-3 deficit in the first set.

“Yeah, you know, I was try­ing,” said Kvi­tova, who has been bat­tling mononu­cle­o­sis this sum­mer. “When you are los­ing 5-3, you’re just try­ing to do some­thing prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. I was re­ally like risk­ing too much, I think. I was re­ally miss­ing all those shots and I wasn’t re­ally in the good tim­ing.”

Kvi­tova ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals for the fourth straight year. She also won the event in 2012, then lost to Simona Halep in the 2013 fi­nals.

Kvi­tova will play Den­mark’s Caro­line Woz­ni­acki on Fri­day. Woz­ni­acki, the tour­na­ment cham­pion from 2008-11, routed France’s Caro­line Gar­cia 6-3, 6-0 in the late match.

“It was nice to get it done in two sets,” Woz­ni­acki said. “Gar­cia is a young, good player and I knew she was go­ing to go in and try to be ag­gres­sive from the start. But, I ran a lot of god balls down and man­aged to play pretty well.”

Woz­ni­acki is 5-4 against Kvi­tova, win­ning the most re­cent meet­ing last year in Sin­ga­pore.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough one, I al­ways have tough matches with her,” Woz­ni­acki said. “I’m just happy to be in the semis and take it from there.”

Lucky- loser en­try Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine beat fifth­seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Re­pub­lic 6-2, 6-2 in the first quar­ter­fi­nal.

Tsurenko lost in qual­i­fy­ing, but got into the field when the topseeded Halep with­drew be­cause of an in­jury. Tsurenko has yet to lose a set in the tour­na­ment.

“I don’t feel any pres­sure be­cause I’m play­ing play­ers who are higher ranked than me, so I have noth­ing to lose,” Tsurenko said. “I can just beat them or lose to them. It just makes me happy to play in the main draw of big tour­na­ments, for sure.”

Tsurenko will face fourth-seeded Lu­cie Sa­farova of the Czech Re­pub­lic. Sa­farova beat Slo­vakia’s Do­minika Cibulkova 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 56 min­utes.

“We had long points, some re­ally fast ral­lies,” Sa­farova said. “It was just about few points, but I’m re­ally happy to get the win like that.”

In Cibulkova’s three tour­na­ment matches, she has logged just un­der nine hours on the court.

“It’s been long matches, but that’s what I came here to do — play matches,” Cibulkvoa said. “I think this was the best of all matches I’ve played here.”


(Left) Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Re­pub­lic, re­acts be­tween games dur­ing her match against Lesia Tsurenko, of Ukraine, dur­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the New Haven Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in New Haven, Con­necti­cut, Thurs­day, Aug. 27. (Right) Lesia Tsurenko re­acts dur­ing her 6-2, 6-2 vic­tory over Karolina Pliskova dur­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the Con­necti­cut Open ten­nis tour­na­ment in New Haven, Thurs­day.

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