Samsonova, ranked more than 100 places below Martic, impressed in the opening set to break the Croatian and take the lead in the match but the 21-year-old soon discovered that beating a top 20 player was no easy task as Martic dug in. As the sun set in Sicily, Martic seemed rejuvRead More »
Playing in her first semi-final since Stuttgart in April 2019, Kontaveit struck 31 winners and broke Martic's serve five times. Martic converted a break point late in the second set to move within one game of Kontaveit but a medical timeout halted her momentum. Instead, it was Kontaveit who powered through Martic's serve to book a place in her third claycourt final.
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The 23-times Grand Slam champion, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, said she has not taken the virus situation lightly and that her health has been her top priority ahead of her return to competition. "I've been a little bit of a recluse," Williams, 38, said on a video call from Lexington, Kentucky where she will compete in next week's Top Seed Open. Williams, who has also committed to playing in the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, said it was fun to finally return to tennis but the idea of travelling is not one she took lightly.