Tennis: Patricia Tig qualifies to semi-finals in Baku

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Romanian tennis player Patricia Maria Tig has managed a sensational qualification on Friday, to the semi-finals of the USD 226,750 WTA tournament in Baku (Azerbaijan), by defeating Croatian Donna Vekic, 6-3, 6-2, Agerpres informs.
Tig, 21, has managed the best performance of her career in one hour and 16 minutes, and has secured a cheque for USD 11,500 and 110 WTA points, which bring her closer to the top 100: she is currently WTA No. 154.
Donna Vekic, 19, who two years ago reached WTA No. 62, is now 140th in the world’s rankings.
The Romanian has played this month for the first time on the main draw of a WTA singles’ tournament — the BRD Bucharest Open — where she stopped in the round of 16.
In the semifinals, Tig will encounter the winner of the quarterfinal opposing 1st seed Anastasia Pavliucenkova (Russia) to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium).
The other semi-final will be played by Margarita Gasparian (Russia) and Karin Knapp (Italy). Gasparian defeated fellow Russian Evghenia Rodina 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinal, while 2nd seed Knapp sent home Russian Alexandra Panova, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

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