Linz (Austria) – After save a match-point on your debut at the WTA 500 in Linz, Jelena Ostapenko won her second game much more easily. Top seed in the tournament on hard and indoor courts and current number 12 in the world, the Latvian conceded just three games in this Friday’s match against Britain’s Jodie Burrage, 102nd in the rankings, scoring 6/1 and 6/2. in just 1h10 of departure.
The start of the season has been busy for Ostapenko, who has already won a singles title in Adelaide and reached two doubles finals, with a victory in Brisbane and runner-up at the Australian Open alongside Ukrainian Lyudmyla Kichenok. Former world number 5 and Roland Garros champion in 2017, the 26-year-old Latvian has seven titles on the WTA circuit and is looking for the 16th final of her career.
After suffering a break in the first game of the match, Ostapenko did not lose his serve until the end of the game. She won six games in a row in the opening set and even managed two new breaks in the following part. During the second set, the Latvian faced no break-points and gave up just eight points in service games.
Ostapenko’s opponent in this Saturday’s semifinal, at around 11:30 am (Brasília time) will be Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 42nd in the rankings, who defeated Belgian Elise Mertens by 6/3 and 6/2. The Latvian leads the head-to-head record 4-1. Pavlyuchenkova, 32, has 12 WTA titles but has not won a tournament since 2018. The former world number 12 is seeking her 22nd career final.
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The other semifinal will be at 10 am and will feature fellow Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova and Croatian Donna Vekic, seeds 2 and 3 in the tournament. Vekic leads the history of clashes by 2-1. Both have four titles on the WTA circuit, with 12 finals for Vekic and 7 for Alexandrova. The Croatian is 27 years old and occupies 34th place in the ranking, while the 29-year-old Russian is in 21st place.
In this Friday’s clashes in the quarterfinals, Alexandrova won a Russian duel against the current champion of the tournament, Anastasia Potapova, with scores of 6/2 and 7/6 (10-8). Vekic’s classification came with a 6/0 and 7/6 (7-3) victory against Frenchwoman Clara Burel.