Sunday, 17 July 2016

Five tournaments - finalists set

In the Hamburg showdown, third seed Pablo Cuevas will play seventh seed Martin Klizan after semi final wins over unseeded Renzo Olivo and Stephane Robert respectively.

Gilles Muller, seeded three will play Ivo Karlovic, seeded two, in the Newport final.
In the semis, Muller defeated American Donald Young in straight sets and Karlovic also won in two, Marcos Baghdatis pushing the Croatian to tie breaks in each set.

In Bastad, Sweden, there will be an all Spanish final but it won't feature top seed David Ferrer who was defeated by compatriot and third seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in their semi final.  Albert will need to overcome Fernando Verdasco if he is to win the title, the  fifth seed beating Gastao Elias easily 6-3 6-1.

In Simona Halep's home country of Romania, the top seed has the chance to win the Bucharest title, but for awhile it looked as though she may miss the final.  She lost the first set in a tie breaker before steadying and winning her semi final against unseeded American Vania King in three.
Halep will meet seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova in the decider after the Latvian proved too strong for fourth seed German Laura Siegemund.

In Gstaad, the locals were happy to see three Swiss players in the semi finals.  However only one will be seen in the final following third seed Kiki Bertens knocking out top seed Timea Bacsinszky.  The Dutch player won a tight match 7-5 7-6.
The Swiss opponent for Kiki is unseeded Viktorija Golubic whose semi final win was at the expense of Rebeka Masarova, also unseeded, 6-3 6-2.

For all the intrigue on the tennis courts of Europe, the most exciting news in the tennis world this week has been the announcement of Victoria Azarenka's pregnancy.  Although women's tennis will miss her presence, the impending arrival of a child for Vika more than compensates for that.

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