Kanepi and Saville endure heat and rain to reach DC semis
By Erik Gudris | @ATNTennis | Friday, August 5, 2022
Daria Saville and Kaia Kanepi endured the heat and rain to reach the Citi Open semifinals in Washington, DC.
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Washington DC is known for its unpredictable summer weather. Still, sweltering heat followed by delayed rain didn’t stop the WTA quarter-finals of the Citi Open from being completed.
Several players were forced to resume matches or play back-to-back matches due to last night’s matches being canceled due to persistent thunderstorms.
After: Djokovic out of Montreal
australia Daria Saville took a 6-1 3-0 lead before lightning and rain interrupted their afternoon quarter-final with the Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marin.
When the rain delay ended, Marino found better reach on her big serve and retreated into the set. Marino then held four break points for a 6-5 lead.
Yet Saville, who recently married another Aussie pro Luc Savilleclung to her serve in that match and eventually closed out the 6-1, 7-5 victory to reach her first WTA semi-final since Acapulco in 2018.
The 2022 season is proving to be a breakthrough year for former Daria Gavrilova who was ranked in the top 600 six months ago but is now back at a current No.88 ranking.
– wta (@WTA) August 6, 2022
“Well, obviously I didn’t want to run off the field with that lead, but I was pretty nervous about being hit by lightning,” Saville said. “Yes, it’s always difficult to come back and I think she played very well. She was doing a lot more first serves, in one game she hit three aces in a row, which was difficult.
“But I’m really happy to finish in straight sets. I really didn’t want it to be three sets.”
Next up for Saville will be a first encounter against the No. 6 seed Kaia Kanepi.
Estonian Kanepi beat earlier Anna Kalinskaya 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-3.
It is former world number 15 Kanepi’s best result since reaching the quarters of the Australian Open earlier this year.
— CitiOpen (@CitiOpen) August 5, 2022
Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka was forced to do double duty after rain in her third-round match last night.
Fourth seed Azarenka came out today and beat world No. 73 Tereza Martincova 7-6(7), 6-2.
– wta (@WTA) August 5, 2022
Still, former two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka didn’t have much left physically for her quarter-final later in the evening.
China Xiyu Wang easily beat Azarenka, who struggled with a right thigh problem, 6-1, 6-3 to reach her first career WTA main draw semifinal.
Wang awaits the winner of the last quarter-final between the No. 2 seed Emma Raducanu and world No. 60 Ludmila Samsonova.