Lyon Open: Sofia Kenin advances to 1st semis since Australian Open

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Lyon Open: Sofia Kenin advances to 1st semis since Australian Open

Top-seed Sofia Kenin made her way through to her first semi-final since the Australian Open in Lyon on Friday. Kenin defeated France’s Oceane Dodin 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2 in an hour and 50 minutes. On her performance, Kenin noted, “It was still not perfect today, but I definitely feel like I found my rhythm.

I was playing well, dictating well. It was a bit of a strange match. I was up, and somehow managed to not close it out there, but overall, I think it was a good match. I played some good tennis, some good points, and I'm happy with the way that I found my rhythm after yesterday”.

Kenin also said her quarter-final win was her best so far, despite her not feeling great. “I felt pretty good in the first round – still not 100 per cent, but I still got the win – and I would say that [Friday] was my best game [here so far],” she observed.

The American will take on fifth seed Alison Van Uytvanck in the semi-finals. The Belgian halted third seed, Caroline Garcia, on her tracks in their quarter-final. Van Uytvanck won comfortably 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes. She converted four of the eight break points she had on Garcia’s serve while saving all eight break points of her own.

In the second half of the draw, seventh seed Daria Kasatkina and Anna-Lena Friedsam will play each other for a spot in the final. The Russian won her quarter-final against Camila Giorgi 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in an hour and 57 minutes.

In the other last-eight clash, Friedsam upset eighth seed Viktoria Kuzmova 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 in two hours and 23 minutes. Photo Credit: WTA Twitter