Ladies Open Lausanne: Petra Martić Reaches First WTA Final Since 2019!

Daniela Rogulj

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Mario Ćužić/HTS

Petra Martić has reached the fifth WTA final in her career in Lausanne, Switzerland, and her first final since 2019! 

The Croatian tennis player found a way to victory in the semi-final match after three sets against the 48th tennis player in the world, French player Caroline Garcia – 6:4, 1:6, 6:3. 

The key to Petra’s victory was a great start to the decisive set in which she went from 1:1 to an unattainable 5:1. During the match, Martić scored five aces with a first-serve percentage of 64 percent, and she used three out of four break points (Garcia three out of seven).

This was their fourth meeting and Petra’s first victory. For the second WTA title in her career (after Istanbul 2109), she will play against Serbian tennis player Olga Danilović, the 124th tennis player in the world. It will be their second meeting. Danilović won their first meeting in the 1st round of the Australian Open in 2021.

Martić advanced to the semifinals after defeating Swiss tennis player and 2020 Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, 6:3, 7:6 (2) in the quarterfinals. 

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.

Petra will play in the Ladies Open Lausanne final on Sunday at 20:00. 

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