Julia Boserup takes out another seeded player to advance
Ann Miller, Staff Writer
Top-seeded Shuai Zhang pushes closer to her second consecutive final in the WTA 125K Series tournament at the Patsy T. Mink CORP tennis courts
Waipahu, HI, Nov. 24, 2017 – A second-set hiccup failed to stop Californian Julia Boserup Friday as she upset third-seeded Evgeniya Rodina in the quarterfinals of the Hawaii Open. Boserup is the only American remaining at the WTA tournament, presented by Hawaii Tourism Authority.
She dominated Rodina in the first and last set, winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a match that lasted 96 minutes at the Patsy T. Mink CORP tennis courts.
Boserup, who reached the third round at Wimbledon last year, has been struggling with injury and illness the past few months. She came to Hawaii with an eight-match losing streak. In the opening round, she beat Grand Slam champion Sara Errani in three sets. Boserup followed that up with a straight-set victory over seventh-seeded Misaki Doi in the second.
In sharp contrast Friday, top seed Shuai Zhang eased into the semifinals when Russian Vitalia Diatchenko retired with an injury. Zhang led, 6-2, 4-1. She is looking to reach the Hawaii Open championship match a second straight year, after falling to American teenager CiCi Bellis in the final of last year’s inaugural Hawaii Open.
At. No. 36, Zhang is one of three Chinese players ranked in the world’s Top 50. She said she felt bad for Diatchenko — who is working her way back from an injury — after the match, then grinned at the Hawaii crowd sitting in the wind and persistent sprinkles that caused a few short delays.
“In sunshine and rain, I always play my best here,” Zhang said. “I love it here.”
Boserup is feeling the same, after three impressive performances. The 26-year old holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Denmark and is that country’s second-ranked player after No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki.
She was happy to see her mother in the crowd Friday after her second-set struggles.
“It was good to look up and see her because I was not so calm,” Boserup said, “and she had a very calm face.”
Rodinya is trying to earn her way into the main draw of the Australian Open — the first major of 2018. She lost to Zhang in the semifinals here last year, and again earlier this year in China, at a tournament Zhang went on to win for the second time.
Saturday, Boserup will face Su Jeong Jang in the first semifinal at 2 p.m. Jang became the only player to reach semifinals in singles and doubles this week by getting past Miharu Imanishi, 6-1, 6-3. After winning the first set easily, Jang lost the first three games of the second set before closing Imanishi out in 90 minutes.
Both Imanishi, 25, from Japan, and Jang, a 22-year-old South Korean, took out young Americans in three sets in the previous round. Imanishi was nearly flawless in the final two sets to overtake Allie Kiick and Jang eliminated 16-year-old American Amanda Anasimova, the reigning U.S. Open Junior Girls Champ.
Zhang takes on Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the other semifinal. Peterson, who has not lost a set this week, defeated Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in Friday’s first match. Peterson, 22, upset sixth-seeded American Sachia Vickery in the Round of 16.
Saturday’s singles semifinals and Sunday’s final begin at 2 p.m. The doubles championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
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Rebecca Peterson (SWE) def. Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
Su Jeong Jang (KOR) def. Miharu Imanishi (JPN) 6-1, 6-3
(1) (WC) Shuai Zhang (CHN) def. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 6-2, 4-1, ret.
Julia Boserup (USA) def. (3) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Shu-Ying Hsieh (TPE)/Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) def. (1) Xinyun Han (CHN)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) 6-0, 6-4
(2) Eri Hozumi (JPN)/Asia Muhammad (USA) def. Michaela Gordon (USA)/Claire Liu (USA) 6-4, 0-6, 10-7
(3) Lesley Kerkhove (NED)/Lidziya Marozava (BLR) def. Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS)/Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-2, 3-6, 10-7
Na-Lae Han (KOR)/Su Jeong Jang (KOR) def. (4) Usue Maitane Arconada (USA)/Kaitlyn Christian (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles First Round
Gordon/Liu def Xin Wen (CHN)/Nanan Zhang (CHN) 6-4, 6-2
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