Courmayeur Ladies Open: Jasmine Paolini, Liudmila Samsonova through to SF

Clara Tauson and Donna Vekic rounded up the semi-final berths in the Italian event

by Abbey Johnson
Courmayeur Ladies Open: Jasmine Paolini, Liudmila Samsonova through to SF

Jasmine Paolini defeated Dayana Yastremska in their quarterfinal clash at the Courmayeur Ladies Open on Friday. The Italian, seeded seventh in the draw of her home event, won 6-4, 7-6(4) in an hour and 34 minutes. Yastremska did better than Paolini in terms of first-serve points won – 81% to the latter’s 71%.

However, Paolini was better when it came to scoring off her second serves. She won 66% of her second-serve points to the Ukrainian’s 59%. The match saw only one break of serve that of Yastremska’s throughout its course.

Paolini completed the match with just one point fewer than her opponent – 69 to the latter’s 70. Paolini will play Donna Vekic for a chance to reach the final.

Courmayeur Ladies Open: Clara Tauson thwarts Ann Li

The Croatian ended the run of Xinyu Wang, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 27 minutes in their quarterfinals.

Vekic won 84% of her first-serve points to Wang’s 64%. The latter, however, won significantly more points off her second serves – 57% to Vekic’s 44%. Vekic lost her serve once in the match but went on to convert three of the five break points on Wang’s serve.

Vekic finished the match with six points more than Wang’s 58. Clara Tauson stopped Ann Li’s progress in their last-eight clash. The fifth-seeded Dane dropped the opening set but came back to finish 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes.

Li won four break points while saving two of the four break points, she faced. For a place in the final, Tauson will take on third seed Liudmila Samsonova. The Russian, the highest seed left in the Courmayeur Ladies Open draw, came through in a Russian derby against Anna Kalinskaya, Samsonova won 6-1, 6-2 in just 57 minutes.

Samsonova converted six of the 11 break points, she had on Kalinskaya’s serve while saving one of the two break points, she faced. Samsonova finished the match with 58 points, 25 more than Kalinskaya’s 33.

Jasmine Paolini Clara Tauson Donna Vekic