Garbine Muguruza was virtually the top seed on her first outing of the year and realized she was bundled from the Sydney Tennis Classic on Thursday by Daria Kasatkina, who was enjoying a deep plan at Melbourne Summer Set 2 last week. Continues to form in 2021.
It always feels great to win. It doesn’t matter if you win the match just before the slam and feel tired. It’s better to win the match than to lose in the first round, so you can play the match in a week. Practice, but for what? You have practiced the entire preseason. So the most important thing is self-confidence. And you get it by winning the match. Daria Kasatkina
The Spaniards were worried after winning the opening victory over Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova on Wednesday. She was wary of playing against Kasatkina. It was long and painstaking, and it was this Russian who won to win the WTA Finals in November.
“We played many times,” Muguruza said. “I remember a long match, a very physical match, so it’s her game, but a long rally and baseline player, but I’m hoping for a similar match.
“I think it will be a long and tight match.”
However, Kasatkina had other plans. We won 6-46-4, achieved the second semi-final of the season in a few weeks, and played three wins each.
The Russians haven’t dropped the set to Sydney yet, and she snapped four three-setter runs against Muguruza dating back to 2017.
This victory is also Kasatkina’s first Top 5 victory since defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round of Roland Garos 2018 and is the ninth in her entire career.
Last year, he won the titles at the Phillip Island Trophy and San Jose, and after reaching two more finals in Birmingham and San Jose, marked the 10th-ranked Renaissance in the old world, rising from 71st to 26th.
In the first set on Thursday, a 24-year-old kid performed a watertight performance on the serve, landing 67% of the first delivery and earning 83% of those points, but with no breakpoints.
In the fifth game, she captured Muguruza’s serve as the Spaniards sent a long backhand for the only break on the set.
But when Kasatkina’s first serve percentage dropped to 57%, the problem became second more complicated.
She took three breaks, two breaks, and a 4-2 break, but she missed a triple break point in a 5-2 double break and didn’t dry out because she wasn’t at home.
At her first match point, she flapped her fourth double fault, but when it was really important, she was majestic from the ground.
A great pass to break 2-1 in the second set jumped into the air with a powerful fist pump, she moved to 5-3 after great scrambling and finished with a backhand screamer.
Muguruza switched to assaulting the net on every occasion, and it was rewarded, but it was too late to offset her 40 unforced errors.
The WTA Finals champion was unable to consistently hit Kasatkina well and made wild mistakes under pressure on both smashes and drop shots.
“I think this is the best start of my career,” Kasatkina later said. “I don’t think I can start the season so well.
“It always feels great to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re winning the match just before the slam and you feel tired. It’s okay because you’d better win the match than lose in the first round. Practice, but for what? You’ve been practicing the entire preseason.
“So the most important thing is self-confidence, and you get it by winning the match.
“This is most important, because in the end, of course, fatigue can have an impact, but most importantly, you feel confident while playing.”
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As confidence grows, Kasatkina will face another Spaniard, the fifth seed, Paula Badosa, in the semi-finals. Paula Badosa defeated Belinda Bencic in a late-night game.
Earlier that day, French Open champion Barbora Krejčkova entered the semi-finals, beating France’s Caroline Garcia 6-0 6-2. Meanwhile, the sick Ons Jabeur was forced to stop playing against Anett Kontaveit.
After blanking their opponents in the opening set, Czech Republic World No. 4 climbed 2-0 second to stop Garcia’s comeback attempt to end the match in 68 minutes.
“I felt good. I think I was playing well today,” he said. Krejčova, who lost only eight games in two games in Sydney, said. “In every match, I’m getting better and better. I’m happy with that.
“I really enjoyed playing here in the big stadium in Sydney. Some fans cheered us on. I think the atmosphere was good and it was fun.”
Next to Krejčova is Kontaveit. Kontaveit moved forward when his Tunisian opponent lost his first set 6-4 and then withdrew with a back injury.
“I think it will be a big match,” Krejčova said. “Annette, she plays a big role. She’s playing well.
“She does good things. I’m really looking forward to playing against her. And let’s see where my level is now and how good the offseason was. “
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After spending nearly an hour on the court, Jabber received a medical timeout after the first set was completed and tried to start the second set, but after offering a let and first serve fault, the Tunisians Walked to the net for a hug at the end of the match.
Jabber, who said on Wednesday she wasn’t 100% due to elbow problems and last month’s COVID-19 bouts, was sent off with a new injury that casts doubt on her preparations for the Australian Open, the first major of the year. I was forced to start on Monday.
“I really hope that the ounce will work next week, and that it’s not that serious,” Kontaveit said. “The first set was really competitive and there were tough matches before, but she’s always at the top.”
Kontaveit lost to Jabber twice last season, but Thursday’s Downunder meeting was two of the protagonists of the end-of-season story, where Estonians beat Guadalajara’s Akron WTA Finals in 8th place and Tunisians in the final spot. So it was the first of the pair.
In the 51-minute set, Kontaveit won the last three games on his way to the summarized victory.
“It will definitely be a tough match [against Krejcikova].. She is playing great. She had a good victory, “Kontaveit said. “The season is very early.
“The last time we played was at the end of the season. Of course, that was another condition.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of playing another top 10 player. I’m happy to be in this situation, have a good match and have a good time on the court.”
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Meanwhile, former world No. 4 Belinda Bencic also admitted that he felt “a little wobbled” in his first match after recovering from the virus.
Bencic, who is currently ranked 23rd in the world, participated in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in mid-December and showed a positive result after returning to Japan.
“I had a little trouble practicing after Covid because my pulse was up and I was still tired,” Bencic said. “I still have room to feel better and I think I need to improve my fitness.
“I’m still a little wobbled, so I think there’s still a lot of potential, but I’m happy to be in this tournament.”
The match between Bencic and France’s lucky loser Ose and Dan will begin Wednesday, with the Swiss Olympic champion on the road to a 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory to set up a quarter-final clash with Spain’s Paula Badosa. I had to cut it open. Seed, the second half of the day.
After it rained, the match took place outdoors at night on Court 1. Bencic enjoyed a more brilliant junior career, but Badosa dominated his professional rivals and added a third victory in line with her victory over the Swiss player. Last year in Charleston and Madrid.
But their first hardcourt encounter was the most difficult battle ever.
Badosa led 5-3 in the first set, but eventually six sets to finish off Bencic, who was in the second match of the day, after completing a delayed rainy comeback against Dodin. I needed points.
The Olympic gold medalist bounced back to take the second set, thanks to the number of drop shots, despite appearing at the wrong end of the battle for the first set, but due to the slight decline in Bencic. , Badosa became stronger on the last stretch.
“The key was to keep fighting to the end, as I always try to do,” Badosa later said. “He accepted her good moments because I think she played great and I had a lot of chances and I didn’t take them.
“Then I think I was aiming for it in the third set. It was very aggressive and that was what gave me a match.”
The semi-finals will be Kasatkina and Badosa’s first professional encounter, but Russia won three sets in the final round of the 2013 U16 European Junior Championships in Moscow.
Kasatkina didn’t remember the match, but talked about the friendships he grew up with in the tournament.
“It’s always great to have a story like starting to play a tennis European tournament and U12 together,” Kasatkina said. “And out of nowhere, you are fighting each other in the semifinals in a big tournament.”
Badosa agreed. [us at] 13 years old together. When we saw each other in the tournament, we were very close friends. I know her family and everything.
“She’s a very nice girl. I’m glad they both came here. It’s great to see her playing in the semi-finals here as well.”
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Kasatkina mugs Muguruza as Krejčova, Kontaveit and Badosa reach Sydney’s semifinals
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