Lucie Hradecka eliminates Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets to set up a 2012 Quebec WTA final against Flipkens.
Eighth seed Hradecka, who is yet to conquer a WTA tournament, opened the match with breaking French youngster. She was holding on to her advantage in the following games which enabled her to serve for the set at 5-4. It was high time for Mladenovic’s re-break, and she duly delivered. Nevertheless, she gifted Hradecka a second chance to wrap up the set on her serve – this time the Czech did not fail. Hitting 11 aces has definitely helped her cause in the opener.
In the second set, Mladenovic started to serve aces too, yet she was cancelling them out by conceding eight double faults in total. Even so, the players could not be separated before the tie-break. A mini-break did not arrive until the eighth point. Hradecka thus had two match points and a serve at 6-4. Just like in the first set, she allowed herself a luxury to use the second opportunity and finish off the match on her opponent’s serve, producing a 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory after a bit more than hour and a half of play.
The 27-year-old Czech has 14 WTA doubles titles, including last year’s Roland Garros. Even so, winning a singles tournament in Quebec would be an essential milestone in her career – the same goes for her challenger Kirsten Flipkens.