Tamara Zidansek explains decision to give walkover in Adelade 2 semifinal

Alison riske received a free pass into the Adelaide final following a Zidansek walkover.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tamara Zidansek explains decision to give walkover in Adelade 2 semifinal

Slovenian tennis star Tamara Zidansek was a bit disappointed after giving a walkover in her Adelade 2 semifinal. Zidansek, ranked at No. 31 in the world, was scheduled to clash Alison Riske in the Adelaide semifinal on Friday.

Zidansek also played at Adelaide 1 last week but didn't enjoy a deep run. Last week, Zidansek lost to Maria Sakkari in the Adelaide first round. This week, Zidansek beat Heather Watson, Maddison Inglis and Lauren Davis en route to making the Adelaide semiifnal.

“I’ve had an amazing two weeks in Adelaide, the tournament has done a fantastic job for all the players. I have played a lot of tennis in the last three days and I am really sorry that today I won’t be able to play my semifinal, as I am not fit to play my best tennis," Zidansek said, per the Adelaide International Twitter account.

"I wish the tournament a successful finals day. I look forward to coming back next year and playing my best tennis."

Zidansek played pretty well in her last two matches

In the Adelaide round-of-16, Zidansek destroyed Inglis 6-2 6-1.

Zidansek made a convincing start to the match as she broke Inglis twice to comfortably win the opener. After easily losing the first set, Inglis served out the opening game of the second set. Zidansek then went on a major run as she broke Inglis three times in a row to win six consecutive games and book a straight-set win in style.

In the quarterfinal, Zidansek edged out Davis in two tight sets 7-6 (4) 7-6 (7). Zidansek won a tight first set after realizing her second set point in the tie-break. Zidansek failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set but realized her second match point in the tie-break to escape with a straight-set win.

Zidansek was drawn to play Arantxa Rus in the Australian Open first round. Zidansek has never made it past the second round at Melbourne Park.

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