The WTA has never seen an all-Swiss final and the wait is not over, as Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky lost today in the semifinals of her home tournament Ladies Championship Gstaad, while her countrywoman Viktorija Golubic advanced to the title match.
As heavy rain interfered with the early days of the tournament, quarterfinal action opened this Saturday and was followed by semifinal matches.
Bacsinszky and Bertens both made short work of their quarterfinal opponents, Johanna Larsson and Irina Khromacheva, respectively, while their semifinal lasted one hour and 49 minutes. The third-seeded Bertens recovered from 2-5 in the first set and 1-3 in the second to eliminate the top-seeded Bacsinszky 7-5 7-6(1), in a slugfest in which Bertens had more stretches of good points.
Bertens will play her third WTA final and second this year against world No.105 Viktorija Golubic, a first-time WTA finalist. Switzerland’s Golubic made the semis by beating Carina Witthoeft 7-6(4) 7-6(4) earlier today and then proceeded to end the spectacular run of young Rebeka Masarova, the reigning junior champion of Roland Garros, who made the semifinals on her WTA main draw debut.
Bertens leads Golubic 2-1 in their career meetings, having won their both matches in 2016, although Golubic won their sole encounter on clay, back in 2013. (photos: Jimmie48)