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Swiss teen’s fairy-tale Gstaad run ended

AFP, GSTAAD, Switzerland

Viktorija Golubic returns to fellow Swiss Rebeka Masarova in their Ladies Championship Gstaad semi-final in Switzerland on Saturday.

Photo: EPA

Teenage Swiss wild-card Rebeka Masarova, ranked 797th in the world, saw her fairy-tale run at the Ladies Championship Gstaad end at the semi-final stage on Saturday.

The talented 16-year-old, making her WTA Tour debut, had put out German fifth seed Annika Beck 7-5, 6-2 to set up a last-four meeting on the clay with fellow Swiss Viktorija Golubic, but Golubic proved too strong in a 6-3, 6-2 victory which took her into her first WTA Tour final on a day when both the quarter-finals and semis were played due to rain last week.

“It’s been an unbelievable week,” Masarova said. “It’s just amazing, I still cannot believe I beat three players in the world top 100 this week. I had been prepared mentally and physically for this tournament, and I’m happy for the experience I’m getting.”

Golubic was due to face Dutch third seed Kiki Bertens, who prevented an all-Swiss final with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) defeat of top seed Timea Bacsinszky.

“I feel really good after a tough week with all the rain,” Bertens said. “I’ve played a lot of matches in a short time, but I feel good, I’m just going to go for it in the final. I have a great feeling about my game.”

Masarova, who won the junior French Open title last month, was playing in her first senior event.

She defeated former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the rain-delayed first round on Thursday.

Home favorite Bacsinszky had blitzed Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-0, 6-1 to power into the semis. The Swiss advanced unhindered in 55 minutes, breaking a helpless Larsson seven times.

World No. 105 Golubic saw off Germany’s Carina Witthoeft 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in her quarter-final.

Bertens then added Bacsinszky to the day’s victim list after accounting for Russian Irina Khromacheva 6-3, 6-1 in the last of the quarter-finals under perfect sunny skies.

Bacsinszky was unable to earn revenge after losing a French Open quarter-final to Bertens this season with the Swiss plagued by nine double faults and dropping serve four times.

Bertens was chasing a second title this season after winning in Nuremberg on clay.

BUCHAREST OPEN

AP, BUCHAREST

Simona Halep came from a set down to reach the Bucharest Open final on Saturday and take a shot at her second home title.

Top seed Halep took more than two hours to see off Vania King of the US 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-3 for the second time this year.

That set up a final between Halep and seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who has a 3-1 record against the Romanian world No. 5.

The pressure was on Halep to deliver after winning the inaugural Bucharest Open in 2014. She did not play in the Romanian capital last year.

Sevastova reached her second WTA Tour final of the year and underlined her best season in six years.

She dispatched Laura Siegemund of Germany 6-3, 6-2 and has not dropped a set in the clay-court tournament.

Sevastova won her only title in 2010 and did not reach a final again until the Wimbledon warmup in Mallorca, Spain, last month.

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