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Highlights

  • Iga Swiatek advances to the second round with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
  • Daniil Medvedev conquers Ugo Humbert, concluding the match with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Carlos Alcaraz advanced to his 12th semifinal appearance of the season at the China Open on Monday, defeating seventh-seeded Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2.

The top-seeded Spaniard rallied from a break down in the first set to defeat Ruud with 30 wins and four breaks of serve to advance.

“To be able to beat a player like Casper in straight sets is really good,” Alcaraz stated. “It means you’re doing well.” It’s challenging, with large rallies at the start of the match, but I’m pleased with the level.

“To be able to beat a player like Casper in straight sets is really good,” Alcaraz stated. “It means you’re doing well.” It’s challenging, with large rallies at the start of the match, but I’m pleased with the level.

Discovering solutions once the initial set begins,” said one player. These kinds of contests can elevate one’s self-confidence.

Alcaraz is set to compete against the sixth-seeded Jannik Sinner in the upcoming semifinal match, and this matchup comes after the Italian triumphed over Grigor Dimitrov with a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Meanwhile, the third-ranked Daniil Medvedev managed to secure a victory over Frenchman Ugo Humbert with a final score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, despite encountering a challenge in the second set.

The Russian encountered difficulty in maintaining his usual fluid style of play during the initial two sets, but he exhibited a remarkable resurgence in the third set, defeating the 36th-ranked Humbert and advancing to his impressive 10th semifinal appearance of the season.

In the upcoming round, his challenger for the semifinals is none other than the eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who secured his place with a hard-fought win over Nicolas Jarry, prevailing in three sets with scores of 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

Swiatek ,Gauff advance

Meanwhile, in the tournament’s progression, the second-ranked Iga Swiatek, hailing from Poland, progressed to the second round of the China Open, achieving a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo in her debut appearance.

During the match, the Polish player recorded 27 successful shots and committed 25 unforced errors, all while managing to break her opponent’s serve on seven occasions. Swiatek commented on her strategy, emphasizing the importance of patience against her No. 55-ranked Spanish adversary.

In a competitive showdown, third-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova experienced a setback, conceding defeat at 7-5, 6-3 to Coco Gauff. The subsequent challenge for the US Open champion is Croatian Petra Martic.

Elena Rybakina, the tournament’s fifth seed, secured a resounding win, cruising past China’s Zheng Qinwen with a scoreline of 6-1, 6-2. Ons Jabeur, who recently claimed victory at the Ningbo Open, managed a solid triumph over Ashlyn Krueger, closing the match at 6-3, 6-4. Simultaneously, Caroline Garcia posted a victory against Kateryna Baindl, emerging as the winner with scores of 6-2, 6-4.

A noteworthy upset emerged as Wang Xinyu from China overcame wildcard Vera Zvonareva, sealing the match at 6-4, 6-3. In another intense encounter, Daria Kasatkina from Russia battled Mayar Sherif, ultimately triumphing with a hard-fought 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory.

Following a withdrawal due to illness by Linda Noskova, the 13th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko earned a walkover, propelling her into the round of 16. Ostapenko’s next adversary is poised to be determined from the contest between the fourth-seeded Jessica Pegula and Anna Blinkova.

In the second round, Anhelina Kalinina emerged victorious, prevailing over Daria Saville with a score of 6-2, 7-6 (5). Simultaneously, Jasmine Paolini secured her win against Yuan Yue, navigating through a challenging match with scores of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. During the match, Magda Linette held a 3-1 lead over Jennifer Brady before the American decided to withdraw. In another contest, Liudmila Samsonova triumphed over Petra Kvitova, concluding the match at 6-4, 7-5.

Astana Open

The fifth-seeded Sebastian Korda found himself in a gripping battle, facing wild card Hamad Medjedovic. 

The match extended into multiple tiebreaks, with scores of 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3). Korda’s victory in this semifinal matchup now positions him to contend for his second career victory in the Astana Open final.

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