Swiatek, Pegula, Collins, Vekic advance to San Diego semifinals


Friday on the WTA 500 San Diego Open was all about quarterfinal matches and the final 4 girls standing on the WTA 500 occasion in California are Iga Swiatek, Jessica Pegula, Danielle Collins and Donna Vekic.

Iga Swiatek vs. Coco Gauff quarterfinal

World No.1 Iga Swiatek reached the semifinal with a swift 6-0 6-3 victory over Coco Gauff. In entrance of a full stadium that felt as if it could have had extra Polish followers than American, Swiatek didn’t let her focus drop for a second.


All the pieces clicked for Swiatek. The highest seed instructed the media, “I believe it was one among these matches the place I felt like I’ve the whole lot beneath management and I felt the rhythm fairly effectively.” Summing it up merely, Swiatek added, “right this moment was only a nice day within the workplace.”

Down however not out, Gauff is just not leaving San Diego but. Along with Jessica Pegula, the American will play the double semifinals Saturday. That match is scheduled for after Pegula’s singles semifinal towards Swiatek.

Jessica Pegula vs. Madison Keys quarterfinal

Jessica Pegula superior with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Billie Jean King Cup teammate Madison Keys. Pegula defined her profitable technique to media: “I used to be simply attempting to neutralize her function a lot as potential. I believed I returned rather well and put stress on her there.”

Heading into the semifinal towards Swiatek, Pegula is able to transfer ahead and put stress on her opponent, one thing she admits is less complicated stated than performed. With a defensive participant like Swiatek, she stated, “you at all times anticipate that additional ball to come back again […] I am gonna should play aggressive and transfer ahead lots particularly with these balls; they get a little bit heavy so I really feel like you possibly can’t actually hit via the court docket as a lot.”

This will probably be their fifth encounter, Swiatek received the final three.

Danielle Collins vs. Paula Badosa quarterfinal

Danielle Collins superior with a 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over second seed Paula Badosa in a two-hour thriller that had audiences captivated till the final level. In a late second set second of nice frustration, Badosa felt her racket sliding throughout the court docket as she sat down by the baseline. She incurred a warning from the flesh umpire, however rode that vitality to win the subsequent sport; nevertheless, she failed to interrupt Collins at 5-4.

Collins instructed the media that she herself thought the match might have gone one other method with the excessive stage of tennis Badosa was taking part in. Referring to a netcord winner she stated, “I had some actually fortunate moments within the tiebreak and he or she performed rather well and I believe she bought unfortunate just a few instances right here and there attempting to transform.” The world No.19 Collins did obtain a medical timeout for remedy on an ongoing disc situation in her neck that she stated later was flaring up. The ache comes and goes, so it’s unclear how that will issue into the subsequent matches.

Donna Vekic vs. Aryna Sabalenka quarterfinal

Donna Vekic defeated third seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1. Vekic, a former High 20 participant who dropped to No.77 this 12 months, began the event in qualifying and fought her method via Maria Sakkari and Karolina Pliskova to get to Sabalenka, whom she had a 4:1 file towards. Sabalenka did wrestle at one level and acquired medical timeout for remedy of a problem together with her proper calf.

Mentally, Vekic has proven nice power towards her a lot larger ranked opponents. “I am having fun with my time on court docket and actually combating and leaving the whole lot on the market. Additionally, I am positively believing in myself this week greater than within the final couple of weeks and months.” The wholesome and assured Vekic is taking part in effectively above her rank and can show an actual problem for Collins.

Collins expressed pleasure that Donna Vekic was taking part in effectively and again to full well being on the finish of a tough 12 months. They performed as soon as on the 2018 Miami Open, which Collins received in three units. Collins stated, “We have each bought aggressive sport types and we’ll combat until the top, so it is gonna be one other robust battle.”

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