Sunday, 24 June 2018

Finalists set for European titles

Semi final day in Halle, London, Birmingham and Mallorca, with all the favoured players winning their way through to the finals.  Maybe with exception of Bautista Agut who had to retire early in the first set through injury.


Tatjana Maria used her experience to overcome American teenage qualifier Sofia Kenin 6-2 2-6 6-4

It has been a poor year for Tatjana until this tournament, having lost all her opening round matches except for Charleston and Bogotá.

She will play Anastasija Sevastova in the final

Anastasija Sevastova (3) defeated Samantha Stosur 7-6(1) 6-1.


Magdaléna Rybáriková defeated Barbora Strycova 7-6(1) 6-4

She will play Petra Kvitová in the final

Defending champion Petra Kvitová (4) defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-2


Roger Federer (1) defeated qualifier Denis Kudla in another struggle 7-6(1) 7-5

He will play Borna Coric in the final

Borna Coric defeated Roberto Bautista Agut (4) 2-3 (retired)


Marin Cilic (1) defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a match with no breaks of serve.  Kyrgios could not amass the quantity of aces which he did in the previous two matches, as Cilic was able to read the delivery better than other opponents.  Still 27 aces were produced between the two.

Tie breaks were played to good effect by the top seed and Cilic made the final

He will play Novak Djokovic for the title

Wildcard Novak Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-4

Tournaments in Eastbourne, England and Antalya, Turkey are undergoing qualifying rounds in preparation for next weeks main draw matches.  Eastbourne will host a WTA Premier and an ATP 250 event, while Antalya hosts another ATP 250 event.

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