Donna Vekić and Marin Čilić Reach Semifinals in Courmayeur and St. Petersburg!

Daniela Rogulj

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Croatian tennis player Donna Vekić advanced to the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Courmayeur, Italy, after she celebrated 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals against Xinyu Wang (WTA-110) on Friday.

The break at the beginning of the match was enough for Donna Vekić to take the first set because Wang never managed to threaten the Croatian tennis player. Vekić also started the second set with a break, but Wang immediately fought back.

However, at 2-2, Vekić again took the serve from Wang and kept her advantage until she served for the match. Wang then got a break. However, Vekić decided the match in her favor with three consecutive points after an hour and 28 minutes of play.

In the semifinal on Saturday, Vekić will play against Italian Jasmine Paolini.

Croatian tennis player Marin Čilić continued with excellent results in Russia, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 against Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut and advanced to the semifinals of the ATP tournament in St. Petersburg.

Marin Čilić reached the final in Moscow last week, and to repeat such success in St. Petersburg, he will play against Dutchman Botica van de Zandschulp.

This was the eighth duel between Čilić and Bautista and the sixth victory for Čilić. 

In the first set, the 33-year-old Spaniard was the first to reach the chance to break. He had five break points in the fourth game, but Čilić broke at 3-2 in the next game. 

Robert Bautista Agut immediately retaliated by returning for 3-3. The series of breaks in the first set was continued by Čilić, who again took the lead.

The Croatian tennis player then defended the lead at 6-4 in the first set.

In the second set, Čilić broke again at 2-2. But as in the first set, he lost the advantage in the next game.

The eighth game proved to be crucial, in which they played 26 points.

Marin had four match points, there were ten draws, and the Spaniard had six break points. He used the last one for a 5-3 lead.

The only break in the decisive third set was made by Čilić in the sixth game when he returned and finally won on his third chance.

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