14-year-old Dane Clara Tauson reaches semi-final on pro debut!


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14-year-old Dane Clara Tauson reaches semi-final on pro debut!

Clara Tauson, one of the most talented players in Scandinavia, was born in December 2002 but despite her young age she already made a name for herself on the tennis scene. Coached by Kenneth Carlsen And Lars Christensen, this young Dane is the second youngest players in the Top 100 on the ITF junior list, only behind US Open finalist Cori Gauff, and she reached back-to-back finals in her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tournament she entered, back in spring last year when she was still 13.

In November, Clara clinched her first junior crown, celebrating at the 15th Dubai ITF Junior Championships without losing a set, and she also won Copenhagen Winter Cup in February. This week. Tauson qualified for her first professional event at $15,000 Antalya, beating Amelia Stuart 6-2 6-0 for the place in her first main draw of the pro tournament.

In her first round match, Clara took down Rebeca Pereira by 6-0 7-5 in an hour and 39 minutes, playing well on both the first and second serve and creating 12 break points. She broke Brazilian 7 times and came back from a 5-3 down in the second, racing towards the finish line after taking the final 4 games of the match.

She had a day off on Wednesday and her second round opponent was a 16-year-old Vitalia Stamat, whom she beat 6-3 6-0 in an hour and 24 minutes. Dane fends off 6 out of 7 break points to limit the damage on her serve and she was super on the return, stealing rival's serve on 6 occasions to reach the last 8.

Today, we saw another great performance from Tauson, as she cruised past Suzan Lamens by 7-5 6-1 in an hour and 33 minutes, advancing to the last 4 on her pro debut. Both players struggled with double faults but Clara was more effective on her first serve, facing just 4 break points.

Suzan broke her on all 4 chances, though, but the Dane had the upper hand on the return in this one as well, creating 15 break chances and converting 8 to get through in straight sets. The first set started in a sluggish way for both, as they traded breaks in the first 5 games, and Tauson created a 5-2 gap with another one in game 7.

She served for the set twice, in games 8 and 10, only to be denied, as Lamens climbed back to 5-5. Clara ended her downfall with a much-needed break in game 11, bringing the set home on own serve for a 7-5 stealing the drive and the momentum.

The second set was one-sided, the younger player stepped in to deliver her best tennis, never facing a break point, and she broke her rival 3 times to safely notch another triumph and continue her great run. In her opening 3 matches, her opponents won 6 service games in total, which shows just how good is the return of this 14-year-old girl, who will now face the 5th seed Amina Anshba in the semis. Highest-ranked players born in 2002 on the WTA list:

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