Emma Raducanu’s journey at the Hana Bank Open ended on a sad note on Saturday. The sixth seed was forced to withdraw midway through the match in her semifinal against higher seed Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian was leading the Briton 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 at the time.
Raducanu came from one break back to the first goal, but his physical problems began to manifest as the match progressed. On the other hand, Ostapenko’s game had started to click for her. Raducanu, whose time at the event was stopped due to a left glute injury, had to take a medical timeout in the second set.
In the third set, Ostapenko broke early before his opponent called time in the match. Despite the nature of the result, the match statistics were not disappointing. The top-ranked player finished with 40 game winners, 26 more than her opponent, and had 29 unforced errors, seven more than Raducanu.
Hana Bank Open: Ekaterina Alexandrova Sets Top Showdown
The other semifinal of the day, between seventh seed Tatjana Maria and second seed Ekaterina Alexandrova, was completed in just one hour and nine minutes. The latter posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over her older rival.
Alexandrova won 73% of her first serve points to Maria’s 51% and 52% of her second serve points to Maria’s 31%. Alexandrova lost her serve twice during the match, but she also converted five of the seven break points that came her way on Maria’s serve.
Alexandrova had 27 winners, 25 more than her opponent’s measly two. She finished the game with a total of 63 points compared to 38 for the German. For both Jelena Ostapenko and Ekaterina Alexandrova, the Hana Bank Open marks the second time they have reached the final of a WTA tournament in 2022.
Ostapenko won the Dubai Duty Free Open at the start of the season. Alexandrova reached, and won, the Libema Open title in S’Hertogenbosch.