On a day once again of scorching heat we have now reached the final stages of the WTA tournaments in Prague and Lexington. There are no particular surprises in Europe where Simona Halep wins the match against Irina Begu and enters the final where she will meet the Belgian Elise Mertens.
Despite the totally one-sided precedents for the Romanian, number 2 in the world, she struggled more than expected and even risked losing a set. In the first set Begu found herself ahead 5-3 and 6-5 and serve and really put the well-known champion in difficulty.
Eventually it came to the tie-break where Halep got into gear and won without problems. The second set was also without history, where the favorite simply controlled, thus winning with the result of 7-5,6-3. No surprise even in the other match where Mertens, after having eliminated the Italians Paolini and Giorgi, and after having defeated Bouchard in the quarters, won with the result of 7-5,7-6.
Result to tell the truth almost "liar" with the Belgian who has always had control of the match and who experienced the most difficult moment in the tie break of the final set.
The unprecedent final in Lexington
Completely surprising ending that of Lexington: if on the one hand the defeat of Rogers, the architect of an exploit the other day with Serena Williams and now literally paved by the Swiss Teichmann, the surprise of the day comes (up to a certain point) from the ko of the young and talented Cori Gauff.
The American never shows up in a match against compatriot Jennifer Brady. Too many mistakes together with an opponent's sprint start lead Brady to win the first set for 6 to 2. The situation does not change in the second set with Brady who seems in great shape, immediately makes the break and touches the double break several times .
Gauff does not give up and stays attached as long as she can, she cancels a match point in the ninth game but then gives in on the serve of a wild Brady (huge numbers in the service). It ends with the result of 6-2, 6-4 and in Lexington we will find an unprecedented final between Brady and Jil Teichmann.
Lexington event was famous also for the match between the Williams sisters. Twenty-two years after the first time, Serena and Venus find themselves competing for the thirtieth time on a tennis court. In the surreal silence of Lexington's center court, the 23-time Grand Slam champion manages to contain a false start and, above all, to recover a disadvantage in the third fraction.
Venus does not take advantage of a 40-0 lead in the ninth game, but with the exception of a double fault (bloody at 40-40) it is Serena who makes all the difference. It ends 3-6 6-3 6-4: for the little sister this is the nineteenth victory in the rivalry.