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Samsonova won the two-day Russian battle for the final. Alexandrova even cried

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 18:06:27

On Sunday, June 16, at the WTA-250 tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), the final participants were determined. The second semi-final, which began on Saturday, June 15 and ended today, was of particular interest to Russian fans, because it was a derby with the participation of Lyudmila Samsonova and Ekaterina Alexandrova, second and third seeds, respectively.

It was quite difficult to name a favorite in this match. On the one hand, everything seemed to speak in favor of Alexandrova. In the 2022 season, Ekaterina won the ‘s-Hertogenbosch tournament and a year later she defended the title. If we add to this three more matches won here in 2024, it turns out that Alexandrova had a 13-match winning streak in ‘s-Hertogenbosch before the match against Samsonova.

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And in personal meetings the score was not in Lyudmila’s favor: 0-2. Alexandrova won twice last year: 6:4, 6:3 on grass in Berlin and 6:4, 6:2 on hard court in Tokyo. However, there is a “but”. This year it has rained more than ever in Holland and not a single match day has been without rain. All this led to the fact that Alexandrova had to play two matches a day. On Friday, Ekaterina played only one match against American Robin Montgomery in the quarterfinals, and the rest of the match ended on Saturday.

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In the first set of the semi-final, the key factor was Samsonova’s actions on serve. She did not always pass the first one (52%), but if she succeeded, Lyudmila almost never made mistakes. Of her five matches, she only lost one, although in most cases Alexandrova had chances. In the seventh game, Ekaterina failed to take advantage of a triple break point and missed the opportunity to match her opponent in terms of breaks. And in the ninth game, Samsonova, who served five times during the game (with four double faults), put pressure on Alexandrova with only the fourth set point: 6:3 in 46 minutes.

It was not easy for Alexandrova, to the point that after the third game she could not contain her emotions and burst into tears while resting during the change of sides. Well, everything is clear here: after all, the second match of the day. In the first set she only had four winners, while her opponent had three times as many.

In the second game, both athletes had big problems in their games. They reached 5:5 with three breaks each, which is completely unusual in lawn tennis. In the second half of the match, Samsonova and Alexandrova staged a parade of breaks: five in a row! In the eleventh game, Lyudmila took her opponent’s serve away from her for the fourth time in a row. But she couldn’t serve for the match, losing two match points: Ekaterina had great attacks at the right time. Samsonova, who allowed six doubles in one set, failed in the tiebreaker and took only one point, and Alexandrova equalized the score in the games: 7:6 (7:1) in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

And before the decisive set it started to rain, which forced the match to be played the next day. Samsonova returned to the game better and served three times in her first two games. Alexandrova, on the other hand, only took one point on serve in the fourth game, and her opponent, after breaking, took a 3-1 lead. In the sixth game, Lyudmila took someone else’s serve for the second time in a row, after which she served for the match: 6: 3, 6: 7 (1: 7), 5: 1 in two and a half hours of play . time.

Thus Samsonova reached her first final of the season and the eighth of her career. Of her previous seven title matches, she has won four, including the first on the grass in Berlin in 2021.

In the final, Lyudmila’s opponent will be the winner of the US Open 2019, Bianca Andreescu, who successfully took advantage of the organizers’ wild card. Today, by the way, she turned 24 years old. In the quarterfinals, Andreescu, ranked 228th in the WTA rankings, defeated four-time TBS champion Naomi Osaka (she also had a wild card) in a tense fight 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 6. And in the round of 16, the Canadian easily defeated the Hungarian Dalma Galfi 6:4, 6:2.

This will be Andreescu’s first final in two years. In June 2022, Bianca lost to Caroline García on the grass in Hamburg. In total, she has three titles to her name, all of them no lower than the WTA-1000 level. In the 2019 season, the Canadian won on hard courts in Indian Wells, Miami and the US Open. And Samsonova will have the opportunity to compete for her fifth trophy at the WTA level.

The final of the tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch Andreescu – Samsonova will also take place on Sunday, June 16 and will start no earlier than 15:30 Moscow time. Follow all the events of the “Championship”.

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Puck Henry
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