Victoria Azarenka secured her place in the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Washington by beating Tereza Martincova in two sets. Kaia Kanepi, for her part, made sure to play the semi-finals at the expense of Anna Kalinskaya.
Victoria Azarenka will not miss the quarter-finals in Washington. The Belarusian, seeded number 4 in the American capital, ended up having the last word against Tereza Martincova. If the Czech was the first to break from the start, the 20th in the world replied in stride before missing the opportunity to turn the set in her favor. Indeed, Tereza Martincova was heckled in the eleventh game but, after dismissing three break points, the 73rd in the world held on to push her opponent to the decisive game. An indecisive tiebreak, punctuated by numerous points lost on serve but, after saving a set point against her, Victoria Azarenka had the last word at her second opportunity to conclude. An ascendant that the Belarusian immediately confirmed, taking twice in a row the service of his opponent to lead four games to nothing. In pride, Tereza Martincova erased one of her two late service games but it was on her commitment that the Czech gave in (7-6, 6-2 in 2h12 ‘). A success that will allow Victoria Azarenka to challenge Xiyu Wang later in the day for a place in the last four.
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The semi-finals, Kaia Kanepi is already there. Indeed, at the same time, the Estonian emerged victorious from her duel with Anna Kalinskaya. If the 37th in the world was the first to break, the Russian was able to respond to equalize at four games everywhere. The two players neutralized each other until the deciding game. Concluding with four points won in a row, Anna Kalinskaya took the lead then took control with the break acquired at the start of the second round. But Kaia Kanepi’s response was immediate to go back to three games everywhere. The Estonian ended up taking the lead at the very last moment, equalizing with one inning everywhere on a shutout. The third set quickly turned in favor of the number 6 seed who, thanks to two breaks, was able to lead five games to two. Anna Kalinskaya tried to revive herself by taking her opponent’s serve but Kaia Kanepi insisted and put an end to the meeting on the commitment of the Russian (6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in 2h37 ‘). Daria Saville or Rebecca Marino will be her opponent for a place in the final.