Poland Open: Maryna Zanevska and Kristina Kucova to vie for maiden trophy

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Poland Open: Maryna Zanevska and Kristina Kucova to vie for maiden trophy

Maryna Zanevska and Kristina Kucova set up the final at the Poland Open in Gdynia. The Belgian defeated Kateryna Kozlova while Kucova ousted Tamara Korpatsch in their respective semi-final. Zanevska defeated Kozlova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours.

Zanevska won 64% of her first-serve points to Kozlova’s 52%. Both players won around 46% of their second-serve points. In the first set, Zanevska lost serve once but broke Kozlova thrice. The Ukrainian was the better player in the second set.

She faced no break points and needed just one break to level the match at a set apiece. Both players exchanged two breaks of serve each in the third set before Zanevska secured a third break to make it to the final. For the match, Zanevska won 91 points while Kozlova finished with 76.

Poland Open: Kristina Kucova to face Maryna Zanevska in one last battle

Earlier in the day, Kozlova completed her quarter-final over Poland’s Katarzyna Kawa after it was suspended on Friday evening. Kozlova came from a set down to oust Kawa, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in their semi-final, Kucova wrapped up a quicker 6-0, 6-3 win over the German in just an hour and 13 minutes. The Slovakian won 87% of her first-serve points to Korpatsch’s 45%. She also fared marginally better as compared to her opponent in terms of winning points off her second serves – 37% to the latter’s 25%.

Kucova’s near-impenetrability on her serve was also seen in the number of break points, she faced. She faced just one break point – and was unable to save it – but went on break her opponent’s serve six times in the match.

She ended the match with 50 points to Korpatsch’s 37. The Poland Open final is the first time both Maryna Zanevska and Kristina Kucova have reached a WTA final. The winner will be the 13th first-time titlist on the tour in the 2021 season.