Sunday, 18 June 2017

Konta finding grass form

Finals have been decided in all the lead up tournaments to Wimbledon and the some of the grass court specialists have prevailed.

In the Netherlands, s-Hertogenbosch has hosted the Ricoh Open for the men and women.  The top four seeds in the ATP event were the semi finalists, but the truth of the draw fell over when top seed Marin Cilic lost to fellow Croatian and third seed Ivo Karlovic, two tie breaks the clincher. 

Second seed Alexander Zverev also lost to the lesser ranked Luxemburger Gilles Muller in straight sets.

The women's final will be an unseeded affair with Russia's 20 year old Natalia Vikhlyantseva killing off 19 year old fifth seed Ana Konjuh's chances 6-3 7-5.
The future is looking good with these two young players results in 2017.

Vikhlyantseva will play Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the final after Anett survived a three set two hour struggle against Lesia Tsurenko. A middle set tie break won seven points to zero by Tsurenko sent a scare up Kontaveit but she steadied to win the decider 6-2.

Stuttgart's final will be contested between unseeded Feliciano Lopez, who ousted another Zverev - Mischa - in three tight sets 6-7 7-6 7-5, and fourth seed Lucas Pouille, who won against compatriot Benoit Paire in straight sets.

Johanna Konta is running into form and a final in Nottingham is promising for her Wimbledon hopes.  Her semi final victory came against Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 7-5.
Croatia's Donna Vekic took almost three hours to upset fifth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6 3-6 7-6 and the 20 year old will test the top seed in the final. 

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