Saturday, 6 August 2016

Begu wins in Brazil

Hungary's Timea Babos dominated the first set of the Florianopolis final against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, winning it 6-2.  She won 16 of the 19 points decided on her own serve and 15 of the 29 points when receiving the Begu serve. Babos had the only break opportunities - 5 - for the set, converting two of them.

However, it was Begu who won the title.  The reversal of fortune came immediately, with the return of serve from the Romanian racquet in set two back to what it had been throughout the tournament.  Babos continued to trouble Begu's serve but could not create quite as many opportunities, and one extra service break was sufficient to level the match at a set apiece.

Begu rode the momentum and controlled proceedings in the decider, always looking the winner, but having to work hard to maintain the edge.  The final score was 2-6 6-4 6-3.

In Atlanta, the exciting run of Reilly Opelka continued, his latest victim being fellow American Donald Young.  The giant teenager broke once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win, leaving him with a semi final match against top seed John Isner.
Isner reached the semi by defeating another teenage American, Taylor Fritz.

The other semi final will see second seed Nick Kyrgios taking on unseeded Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka.  Kyrgios won a high standard quarter final against Fernando Verdasco in three sets and should have little trouble with Nishioka provided his mind is switched on.

In Nanchang, the final will be played between American Vania King and China's Ying-Ying Duan, ranked 106 and 163 respectively.  Valuable points for both as a result of virtually all players in the top 100 avoiding the tournament.

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