Tennis in the Land
Linette knocks out top-seeded Kasatkina in Cleveland quarterfinalsBy Aug 27, 2021
Wimbledon's Russia ban prompts tours to cut ranking pointsBy May 20, 2022
ATP, WTA to strip Wimbledon of ranking points following Russian, Belarusian banBy May 20, 2022
Women's tennis tour will not award ranking points for Wimbledon because of ban on Russian players over Ukraine invasionBy May 20, 2022
Defending champ Ruud and Sousa advance to Geneva Open finalBy May 20, 2022
Men's tennis tour removes ranking points for Wimbledon because of ban on players from Russia over Ukraine invasionBy May 20, 2022
FRENCH OPEN 2022: Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz lead men's fieldBy May 20, 2022
Billie Jean King’s Battle of Roland Garros was won on the hard courts of Southern California (Part 2 of 2)By May 20, 2022
“He could be a tennis player created by AI”: How can anyone beat Carlos Alcaraz?By May 20, 2022
Naomi Osaka at French Open news conference: 'I think I'm OK'By May 20, 2022
Tennis in the Land
Linette knocks out top-seeded Kasatkina in Cleveland quarterfinals
Sixth-seeded Magda Linette of Poland beat top-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, 6-1, 6-2, on Thursday to advance to the Tennis in the Land semifinals.
Published Aug 27, 2021
MATCH POINT: Linette ousts the No. 1 seed
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixth-seeded Magda Linette of Poland beat top-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, 6-1, 6-2, on Thursday to advance to the Tennis in the Land semifinals.
No. 51 Linette used precision shot-making and converted 5 of 6 break points in the quarterfinal at Jacobs Pavilion, avenging a loss to No. 27 Kasatkina three weeks ago in San Jose, Calif.
"I'm glad I was able to take a step back and take a look at me after that match," Linette said. "After I lost the last time we played, I was ready to be on the other side today."
Linette decisively outplayed Kasatkina and outscored her 57-32, completing the upset with a cross-court winner from the left baseline. She will face Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in the semis of the inaugural WTA 250 tournament.
No. 74 Begu beat No. 99 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-2, 6-4, holding her serve all nine times on her 31st birthday. Begu qualified for her first WTA hard-court semifinal since 2018 in Shenzhen, China.
"I was really aggressive, serving well and moving well," Begu said. "Hopefully, I can do it at least one more time here."
Second-seeded Anett Kontaveit outlasted Olympic doubles champion Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the second-longest match of the tournament at 2 hours, 39 minutes.
No. 53 Siniakova trailed 4-3 in the second set before breaking No. 30 Kontaveit twice to force a third. Kontaveit won her second three-setter in Cleveland to move into the semifinals against seventh-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain.
No. 43 Sorribes Tormo was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over ninth-seed Shuai Zhang of China, who is ranked No. 49. Linette, Begu and Sorribes Tormo have not lost a set in their first three matches.
"It's been amazing," Sorribes Tormo said. "I thought I played a very complete match because she played pretty good. I'm having a lot of fun."