Canada’s Leylah Fernandez superior to her first ultimate of the season after defeating No.5 seed Anna Blinkova 6-2, 7-5 within the semifinals of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Ranked No.60 firstly of the event, Fernandez has misplaced two units in Hong Kong. She is bidding to seize her first Hologic WTA Tour title since 2022 Monterrey.
Fernandez will face No.85 Katerina Siniakova in Sunday’s ultimate. A win would give the 21-year-old Canadian a title in every of her final three seasons.
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“This match was extraordinarily powerful,” Fernandez mentioned. “Anna, she’s an amazing participant, very highly effective, and he or she’s coming in with numerous confidence.
“The primary set I performed effectively, the second set she began making extra balls and being very aggressive. I simply tried to remain calm. I remembered my coach’s phrases to me: this can be a battle, simply get pleasure from it, have enjoyable and placed on a present for everybody.”
‘I am discovering my recreation as soon as once more’ – Fernandez resurgent in Hong Kong
And placed on a present she did. Coming into the match off wins over high seed Victoria Azarenka (by retirement) and teenage phenoms Mirra Andreeva and Linda Fruhvirtova, Fernandez overpowered Blinkova to avenge her straight-sets loss this summer season at Unhealthy Homburg. Fernandez struck 29 winners to Blinkova’s 17 and broke serve on 4 of 9 break factors.
Blinkova might handle only one break level within the match.
“I do not need to jinx it, however I am getting there,” Fernandez mentioned. “Slowly however certainly, each match I have been bettering, being extra offensive, and hitting extra targets. The followers are loving it and in flip I am loving the assist from the followers. It is inspired me to maintain going, to maintain enjoying that manner.
“Hopefully, quickly I will get again to a degree that I am happy with. and I can say that is what I have been working for.”
Within the second semifinal of the evening, No.85 Siniakova eased previous Martina Trevisan 6-4, 6-2 to advance to her second singles ultimate of the season. Over the summer season, Siniakova captured her fourth profession singles title on the grass at Unhealthy Homburg. On Sunday, she’s going to attempt to win her first hard-court title since 2017 Shenzhen.
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After successful her Unhealthy Homburg title, Siniakova struggled via the summer season arduous court docket season, however the Asian swing has been a salve. In Ningbo, Siniakova gained back-to-back matches for the primary time since Unhealthy Homburg, and he or she has misplaced only one set in Hong Kong. On her option to the Hong Kong ultimate, Siniakova defeated Wang Xiyu, Kamilla Rakhimova, former champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Trevisan.
Fernandez and Siniakova have confronted one another simply as soon as. That match went to the Canadian, a 6-3, 6-2 within the second spherical of Roland Garros in 2022. A win on Sunday would web Siniakova two titles this season. It could be the primary time the Czech captured a number of singles titles in a season since 2017.
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