Zheng Qinwen’s revenge tour continued on the Financial institution of Communications Zhengzhou Open, the place she defeated Anhelina Kalinina 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour and 26 minutes to achieve her first semifinal on dwelling soil.
For the second match in a row, the 21-year-old Chinese language participant confronted an opponent towards whom she had a 0-2 document. For the second match in a row, she turned the tables emphatically, backing up her second-round upset of No.3 seed Maria Sakkari with one other straight-sets win.
Zheng’s losses to Kalinina had each come earlier than both participant had cracked the Prime 100, with the Ukrainian profitable a pair of clay-court ITF semifinals in Montpellier and Contrexéville in 2021. Two years on, each have established themselves firmly contained in the Prime 30.
Key second: No.24-ranked Zheng demonstrated how far her aggressive recreation has come, retaining on the entrance foot by slamming down 32 winners — together with eight aces — to solely 20 unforced errors. 9 of these winners got here in a single exceptional pivotal recreation within the second set. As Kalinina served at 1-1, Zheng piled the strain on with relentless returning.
Zheng denied No.28-ranked Kalinina six factors to carry, navigated via 12 deuces and ultimately took her seventh break level, slamming a return at Kalinina’s toes to pressure a backhand error. From there, she cruised to the ending line to e book her place in a 3rd semifinal of 2023, and third of her profession at WTA 500 stage.
Zheng to face rematch towards Paolini: Within the final 4, Zheng will face a rematch of July’s Palermo ultimate towards Jasmine Paolini. The World No.31 defeated Laura Siegemund 6-0, 7-5 in 1 hour and 44 minutes, profitable the primary 9 video games in a row earlier than needing to carry off a late cost by the German qualifier.
Highlights: Paolini d. Siegemund
Three months in the past, Zheng claimed her maiden Hologic WTA Tour title by defeating Paolini on the Italian’s dwelling soil. Having powered into her first WTA 500 semifinal, Paolini now will get an opportunity to take revenge on Zheng’s dwelling court docket.
No.7 seed Barbora Krejcikova additionally superior to the semifinals after qualifier Lesia Tsurenko retired trailing 6-3 as a consequence of mid again ache.
- Zheng Qinwen storms into Zhengzhou semis; faces Paolini subsequent
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