Tsurenko stopped in the semi-finals

Lesya Tsurenko. Photo: Reuters

Dutch tournament in Hertogenbosch unfortunately for our Lesya Tsurenko over after the defeat of the Estonians Anette Kontaveit in the semifinals.

Despite the setback, Les still took a step forward. Because never in her career she reached the semi-finals in WTA tournaments on grass.

In the quarterfinals opponent Tsurenko was Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Bookmakers have identified one of the favorites of the tournament, so few people from the Ukrainian women expect feat. Although in personal meetings, Les was ahead 4:1 and in March Tsurenko beat Mladenovic in the final at the tournament in Acapulco.

In this season Christine looks menacing, won 33 victories. At Roland Garros, which ended last week, the French reached the quarterfinals, and last year she played in the final.

The game started dictation Tsurenko and also to accompany over. The battle began with the Ukrainian dry-break, after which it remained only to not lose ground. In the eighth game Mladenovic, however, almost levelled, but he failed to convert two break-point, after which Les first equalized, and then steadily from the first attempt defended giving – 5:3. In the ninth game French did not resist, allowing Tsurenko to do another dry break 6:3.

In the second party struggle was not. Tsurenko, winning starting five games, easily and naturally finally tipped the scales in their favor. In the end the party at – 0:5 Mladenovic managed to play one match ball, but to save the situation it was too late.

The match lasted 1 hour and 2 minutes. 37-ranked Tsurenko has implemented four break-points, scored an ACE and double wrong on the pitch.

– The match is going for me very well, – commented on the victory Tsurenko. – It so happened that I was able to defend his submission that in this coating are extremely important. I knew very well Mladenovic, so just needed to show your tennis. I tried to be as aggressive as I possible. This gave the result. Here I like to play, after all, come here almost every year. Love the local audience, because there is a great organization, and nature, too.

For the first time when he reached the local semi-final, Tsurenko, of course, began to dream of victory in this tournament. Her next opponent was a lady Anette Kontaveit, who this season took a different shape, which allowed it to enter the Top 50 in the world rankings.

It is not surprising that here the Ukrainian was intended for the outsiders. Unfortunately, this court was confirmed. At the start of the match opponent exchanged innings, and then in the third game on the goals of the Estonian Tsurenko had two break-points. Unfortunately, they are not implemented, that gave extra confidence Anette. In the fourth game already, the Estonian got the break points, but unlike Lacy, she is your chance do not miss – 3:1. Later the opponents tried very carefully to play on their feeds, so the Estonians managed to preserve parity until the end of the party.

If in the opening set of a tennis player very well played on their goals, then in this respect it is the opposite. It all started with the fact that Contavam started making one mistake after another, and then Tsurenko began to lead 3:0. As it turned out, this was only the beginning. Then a series of errors already gone Lesi, and the Estonian managed to pull back two points – 3:2. Until the middle of the party and the expense is lined – 4:4, after which it became clear that the opponent is unlikely to be without a tie-break. It just happened. But in the crucial moments of Ukrainian gathered and “dry” played on a tie-break – 7:0.

Thought Tsurenko found his game, especially, giving no options at the end of the second set, the Estonian regained the psychological problems. Unfortunately, with them she did very soon. The fate of the match was decided in the sixth game of the third set, where she brilliantly played at the reception. She took the lead – 40:0 and confidently brought the case before another break with 4:2. To find the strength again to reverse the situation, Tsurenko has already failed. The final two games of the match were also in Estonian, which in the end went to the finals.

And Les in den Bosch has earned 11 500 dollars in prize money and 110 points.

This week your way on the grass, Tsurenko will continue the tournament in the English Birmingham. There will begin the series Premier tournament. In the match of the first round of the Les will play against the mistress of courts Joanna Contoy. The expense of their personal meetings while 2:1 in favor of the Brits. And one of the victories Conte won just on the grass.

Another representative of our country in Birmingham will be the first racket of Elina Svitolina. In the first match she will play against Briton Heather Watson, who here has received the wild card. Of the three previous face-to-face encounters Elina only once managed to win. So it will be interesting to watch her game on grass ahead of Wimbledon. Sorry, not qualified in Birmingham two other Ukrainian – Dayana Yastremsky and Olga Savchuk, who their opening matches lost.

Yesterday their first match of the WTA category played a 14-year-old from Kiev Martha Kostiuk. In the opening match of qualifying for the grass tournament in the Spanish Majorca with a prize Fund of 250,000 dollars, she played against the 127-th racket of the world – Russians Anna Kalinskaya.

Ukrainka in Santa Ponsa received the wild card for the qualification. We will remind that in March of the current year won the Junior Australian Open. And last month she won her first professional tournament series ITF with the prize Fund of $ 25,000, which was held in Hungary, Dunakeszi. It was then that he became the youngest Ukrainian champion in singles.

As for the match against Kale, for obvious reasons, the March was very difficult. The first set remained for the Russian – 6:2, but then our tennis-player has managed to impose struggle.

The Russian already in the first game of the second party made the game and kept the minimal advantage until the tenth game. Here he finally managed to play well for the fourth break-point to level the score to 5:5. But more on the Ukrainian forces left. The final two games was in Russian, so he is yet left with nothing. But do not lose heart, because this is very promising tennis players the best games are still ahead.

Vladimir KOTSUR, Sport-Express in Ukraine

Den BOSCH (Holland). The International WTA tournament. $ 250,000. Open courts. Grass. 32 participants. 1/4 finals. The Groom (6, Croatia) – The Motherland (Russia) – 6:3, 6:7(4), 7:6(10). Vikhlyantseva (Russia) – Russian (WC, Holland) – 6:3, 6:2. Kontaveit (Estonia) – Witthoeft (Germany) – 6:3, 6:1. TSURENKO (7, Ukraine) – Mladenovic (2, France) – 6:3, 6:1. 1/2 finals. Vikhlyantseva – Groom – 6:3, 7:5. Kontaveit TSURENKO – 6:3, 6:7(0), 6:2. The final. Kontaveit Vikhlyantseva – 6:2, 6:3. Doubles. 1/2 finals. Bertens/Shors (2, Holland) – L. KICHENOK/N. KICHENOK (Ukraine) – 7:6(6), 6:4. The final. Cibulkova/Flipkens (Slovakia/Belgium) – Bertens/Schurs – 4:6, 6:4, 10:6.

BIRMINGHAM (UK). The WTA Premier event. 885 040 dollars. Open courts. Grass. 32 participants. Qualification. The first round. Soylu (Q-7, Turkey) – SAVCHUK (Ukraine) – 6:4, 6:4. Fett (Q-8, Croatia) – YASTREMSKY (Ukraine) – 6:3, 6:4.

SANTA PONSA (Spain). The International WTA tournament. $ 250,000. Open courts. Grass. 32 participants. Qualification. The first round. Kale (Q-11, Russia) – KOSTIUK (Q-WC, Ukraine) – 6:2, 7:5.

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