Siniakova ruins Larsson's Bastad title defense dream

Katerina Siniakova

Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova put an end to Swedish Johanna Larsson's run at the Ericsson Open, eliminating the defending champion at the tournament's semifinal stage by winning a grueling first set and then cruising through the second.

The first to take charge in the match was the world No.92 Siniakova, who went 2-0 up, but after long 36 minutes the players were again even at 2-all. The 82nd-ranked Larsson actually won three straight games from that initial deficit to lead 3-2 in the first set, and it turned out to be the only time Larsson had the upper hand in the match. Siniakova quickly brought the equilibrium back at 3-all and even though she later wasted a 5-3 lead, she raced away from 5-all to take the first set in 69 minutes.

Johanna Larsson

Through the second set, qualifier Siniakova managed to cruise by converting both break point opportunities she earned and saving all the three break points she faced. Final score: 7-5 6-1.

In the final, Siniakova will face sixth seed Laura Siegemund, who advanced when her fellow German Julia Goerges retired due to a left hip injury, trailing 4-6 6-3 4-0.

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