Tennis player Barbora Krejčíková won the Czech derby in Birmingham over Linda Fruhvirtová 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in her career on grass. The 27-year-old from Ivančice, who fills the number one seed role, knocked out a compatriot nine years his junior in 74 minutes. She will face China’s Chu Lin, who beat Canada’s Rebecca Marin, to advance to the final.
The twelfth-ranked player in the world, Krejčíková won the second mutual match against Fruhvirtová and continued the three-year-old Prague triumph. She also dominated the match without dropping a set. Additionally, she can win a double on English grass, as she also qualified for the doubles final with Ukraine’s Marta Kosťuková.
Krejčíková, a two-time Roland Garros winner last year, offered no break point to her opponent and used six aces. In Birmingham, she is fighting for her second final of the season, in February she triumphed on hard court in Dubai. He will face twenty-nine-year-old Chu Lin for the first time in his career.
Krejčíková earned a break against Fruhvirtová in the fourth game and with his 100% serve took the lead after 32 minutes. In the second set, the Brno native won four games in a row 1-1 and ended the duel with the second match point.
Postponed due to rain
Petra Kvitová and Markéta Vondroušová were unable to play in the quarter-finals of the Berlin tennis tournament today due to bad weather. Organizers postponed the full schedule due to rain on Saturday, with the semi-finals also scheduled to take place on the same day. The organizers have announced that match day will start at 10:30 a.m.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who sits in the seven-seeded role, will face the tournament’s top three, Caroline Garcia of France, in the battle to reach the semifinals. Kvitová, the ninth-ranked player in the world, has so far knocked out compatriot Karolína Plíšková and Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska at the tournament. She has yet to lose a set in Berlin.
Vondroušová, 23, will face Greece’s sixth-seeded Maria Sakkariová. Vondroušová, a 2019 Roland Garros runner-up, is also going through the tournament without dropping a set and awaiting her first grass-court quarter-final of her career. Before that, she knocked out Canadian Bianca Andreescu and qualified after German Jule Niemeier’s scratch.
Men’s tennis tournament in London (grass, grant 2,345,130 euros):
Singles – quarter-finals: Alcaraz (1-Sp.) – Dimitrov (Bulg.) 6:4, 6:4, Rune (2-Nor.) – Musetti (6-It.) 6:4, 7:5, Korda (USA) – Norrie (5-Brit.) 6:4, 7:6 (7:1), De Minaur (7-Aust.) – Mannarino (Fr.) 6:4, 4:6 , 6:4.
Doubles – Semi-finals: LightweightFritz (Czech Republic/USA) – Koolhof, Skupski (1-Netherlands/UK) 6:3, 7:6 (7:4).
Men’s tennis tournament in Halle (grass, grant 2,345,130 euros):
Singles – quarter-finals: Bautista (8-Sp.) – Medvedev (1-Russia) 7:5, 7:6 (7:3), Rublyov (3-Russia) – Griekspoor (Netherlands) 3:6, 6:3, 6:4, Bublik (Kaz.) – Sinner (4-It.) 7:5, 2:0 scratch, Zverev (9-Germany) – Jarry (Chile) 7:5, 6:3.
Birmingham Women’s Tennis Tournament (grass, $259,203 prize pool):
Singles – Quarter-finals: Krejcikova (1-CR)- L. Fruhvirtová (Czech Republic) 6:3, 6:2, Ostapenko (2-Lot.) – Frechová (Poland) 4:6, 7:5, 6:2, Potapova (4-Russia) – Dartová (UK) 4:6, 6:3, 6:4, Chu Lin (China) – Marinová (Can.) 4:6, 6:3, 6:2.
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