While Beatriz Haddad Maia benefited from the abandonment of Tereza Martincova, Alison Riske joined the Brazilian in the final of the WTA tournament in Nottingham with the benefit of her victory in three sets over Viktorija Golubic.
Almost five years later, Beatriz Haddad Maia will play a second final on the main WTA circuit. The Brazilian, seeded number 7 in Nottingham, qualified after a truncated match against Tereza Martincova. After taking the lead in the fifth game, Beatriz Haddad Maia missed a double break point in stride. However, the Brazilian got what she wanted. Indeed, on a white game, Beatriz Haddad Maia once again took the service of the Czech to seal the fate of the first set. An ascendancy that the 48th player in the world retained at the start of the second set but failed to convert her first break point. It was only a postponement for the Brazilian who, with wear, ended up having the last word and leading four games to one. It was then that Tereza Martincova called in the tournament medical service. Visibly affected in the right leg, the 60th in the world made the decision to end this semi-final prematurely (6-3, 4-1 in 1h11′).
Riske had the last word
In the final, the number 7 seed will find Alison Riske. The American has indeed taken the best of Viktorija Golubic in three sets and despite an interruption by the rain. A semi-final that started with a lone rider from the 40th in the world, who won the first four games. The Swiss then responded by erasing one of her late breaks but only started a series of three service games lost in a row. Alison Riske ended up concluding on her commitment this first round. The second started with two players losing their first service game. It was only at the very last moment that Viktorija Golubic was able to get the American to give in to pick up a game everywhere. Barely the first game of the third set concluded, the rain came and stopped the debates for an hour. Back on the court, the two players were feverish but it was Alison Riske who took the lead to lead four games to two. It was on Viktorija Golubic’s serve that the American put an end to the suspense (6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in 2h26′).
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