Ostrava Open: Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova clinch straight-set wins to reach semis



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Ostrava Open: Iga Swiatek, Petra Kvitova clinch straight-set wins to reach semis

There will be no Swiss derby in the semi-finals of the Ostrava Open after both Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann crashed out in their respective quarter-finals. Anett Kontaveit upset the third-seeded Bencic in what was the lone upset of the day.

The Estonian needed an hour and 14 minutes to post a 6-4, 6-3 win. Kontaveit hit 29 winners and had 19 unforced errors. Bencic, on the other hand, had just 12 winners and 18 unforced errors. In the first set, Bencic saved a handful of set points and regained the break back in the ninth game.

However, while serving to stay in the set in the 10th game, she faced three set points and Kontaveit was able to seize the set on the first of those three. The second set saw a little bit of tugging between the players as they traded breaks.

But Kontaveit settled into the set and converted a second break that she held long enough to serve out the match in the ninth game. The 30th ranked Kontaveit is seeking to reach her fourth final in 2021. She will play the second-seeded Kvitova next.

The Czech beat Teichmann 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 36 minutes in their quarter-final clash.

Ostrava Open: Iga Swiatek and Maria Sakkari claim impressive wins

Kvitova had 24 winners to Teichmann’s 11. The former world no.

2 saved seven of the eight break points she faced while converting three of the seven break points, she had on Teichmann’s serve. Speaking after her win, Kvitova said, “Even from the baseline, we played great rallies.

I have to be patient sometimes with her slices, and so I couldn’t make winners straight away, so I think it was kind of a different match today. She was playing with a kind of topspin from the forehand, it was just different tactics.

I had to pull it out, it took me a little bit to get used to her game”. In the top half of the Ostrava Open, top seed Iga Swiatek will take on fourth seed Maria Sakkari in the semi-final. Swiatek defeated seventh seed Elena Rybakina 7-6(5), 6-2 in an hour and 41 minutes.

The Greek put an end to Tereza Martincova’s run in the event, 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 36 minutes in their quarter-final meeting. Photo Credit: J&T Banka Ostrava Open Twitter