Croatian tennis player Petra Martić has advanced to the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Lausanne after defeating the local representative, the Olympic winner from Tokyo, Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals!
Martić’s break was enough to win the first set, which she achieved when leading 4-3, after which she served to win that part of the game on her third set point.
In the second set, Martić had two break advantages, and when leading 6-5, she served for the match, but Bencic still managed to win the decisive game. However, in the tie break, Martić took a 6-0 lead and nailed it after the third of six consecutive match points.
It was their fourth meeting and the second victory for the Croatian tennis player. During the match, Martić scored eight aces with a first-serve percentage of 68 percent, and she used three out of five break points.
This will be Martić’s first appearance in a semi-final match in 2022. The last time she was among the final four players at a tournament was in Rome in May 2021.
To reach her first final after Zhangzhou in September 2019, Martić will face French tennis player Caroline Garcia, who was better than Spanish tennis player Sara Sorribes 6-4, 6-1.
Recall, just last week, Martić reached the second week of Wimbledon for the third time in her career. She played in the round of 16 in 2017 and 2019. Martić advanced to the round of 16 after defeating the 8th-seeded American Jessica Pegula (WTA – 9th) 6:2, 7:6 (5) in less than an hour and a half of play.
In the round of 16, Martić lost to Kazakhstani tennis player Jelena Ribakina, the 17th-seed of the tournament, who won against Chinese tennis player Qinwen Zheng 7:6 (4), 7:5 in the third round.
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