Kristina Mladenovic and Lucie Hradecka will be meeting in the Quebec WTA tournament semis after easy victories.
123th-ranked rising star Mladenovic was playing her first WTA quarterfinal against US player Melanie Oudin, and it was surely a memorable one. 20-year-old American was unable to hold a serve in the opener, so two years younger French issued her a first-set bagel after twenty-six minutes of play. Mladenovic earned four break points in the second game of the following set before taking Oudin’s serve. The American came close to breaking back immediately, but ended up trailing by three games to love instead. Mladenovic never looked back and after achieving another break, she served out the match after one hour and five minutes: 6-0, 6-1
In her post-match interview French teenager revealed she was expecting a harder challenge, but that the match was still tough as some of the games could easily have gone the other way.
Oudin’s compatriot Lauren Davis, another 18-year-old, did not disappoint facing eighth-seeded Czech Hradecka, yet she did not do enough to progress into the Quebec semis. She claimed an early break in the opening set, but Hradecka responded straight away by taking two of Davis’s consecutive service games. The Czech confirmed her one break advantage after some extra effort, ultimately clinching the first set after forty-five minutes. Davis was still hanging in there until Hradecka took a 3-1 lead after defending two re-break opportunities. When the Czech grabbed yet another break at 4-2, the match was officially over as a contest. End result: 6-4, 6-2.
Semifinal opponents Mladenovic and Hradecka have not played a competitive match before.
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