Friday, 24 June 2016

Rain delays Aga's charge to semi

Rain is still a menace in England for tennis tournament organisers, especially those in Eastbourne.
On what was scheduled to be quarter final day, only one was completed, that between Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig and French player Kristina Mladenovic.  In a tight first set, Puig won the tie break eight points to six, with each player's serve broken three times.  Mladenovic had 12 break points to 6 and may well have felt that the set should be hers.
Most of the break chances in set two continued to fall to France, and this time Mladenovic was not as wasteful and levelled the match 6-7 6-4.  However, the deciding set was clearly controlled by Puig who served and returned competently to claim a semi final spot 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-3.

While this was happening the two quarter finalists yet to be determined because of delays from the day before were decided in third round matches - Ekaterina Makarova defeated Andrea Petkovic and Karolina Pliskova overcame Misaki Doi.

The second quarter final commencing on quarter final day saw Aga Radwanska take a commanding 6-4 3-2 lead over Dominika Cibulkova before rain finally put a stop to the day's play.  
If the weather holds up, those with Semi Final Day tickets are set for a packed schedule to choose from with two and a bit quarter finals to be completed before the two main matches.

In Nottingham, the men managed to finish three of the quarter finals, with the fourth almost done.
Andreas Seppi dismissed Dudi Sela in straight sets and Gilles Muller also took just the two sets to eliminate his more highly fancied opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov.  Muller is one of the in form players on grass, having made the finals in s'Hertogenbosch and quarters at Queens Club in his last two outings.
Muller will meet Pablo Cuevas in one of the semi finals after Cuevas outlasted Marcos Baghdatis 10 points to 8 in a third set tie break.  The final set featured no service breaks but Marcos will rue the five break points that he had but which came to nothing.  Cuevas has only made clay court finals previously, so will be keen to make personal history on this surface.

Seppi's semi final opposition will come from the winner of the incomplete match between top seed Kevin Anderson and sixth seed Steve Johnson.
Overnight, Anderson led 6-7 (6) 7-5 4-3, with games on serve in the decider.

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