The last couple of second-round and the entirety of quarter-final matches were played on Friday at the Ladies Open Lausanne. Clara Burel defeated Russia’s Kamila Rakhimova in their second-round match. The Frenchwoman came from a set down to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes in their match that had to be suspended on Thursday on account of rain.
Second seed and Burel’s compatriot, Fiona Ferro also reached the quarter-final on Friday after winning her round-of-16 clash on the same day. Ferro also came from a set down to oust American Alycia Parks 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in an hour and 42 minutes.
Later, in their quarter-final derby, Burel outlasted Ferro 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 26 minutes. Burel broke Ferro five times while losing her serve twice in the course of the match. The 20-year-old won 72 points to Ferro’s 58 points in the match.
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Another Frenchwoman, fifth-seeded Carolina Garcia also played two matches to make it through to the semi-final in the Swiss city. Garcia first won her rain-affected second-round match against Astra Sharma 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3.
Then, she wrapped up a 7-5, 6-2 win over Zarina Diyas in the quarter-finals. Earlier in the day, Diyas upset fourth seed Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-4 in their second-round encounter. Garcia and Burel will take on each other for the place in the final.
Maryna Zanevska also needed to play two matches on Friday. The Belgian first wrapped up her second-round encounter against Stefanie Voegele, 7-5, 6-2. In the quarter-final, she posted a 7-5, 6-4 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva in an hour and 37 minutes.
Zanevska converted six of the nine break points she faced to reach the semi-final. Top seed Tamara Zidansek will be Zanevska’s semi-final opponent at the Ladies Open Lausanne. The Slovenian ended the run of Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 19 minutes.