Gavrilova beaten despite fightback in Acapulco
Daria Gavrilova loses to defending champion Lesia Tsurenko in the Acapulco semifinals, but Ajla Tomljanovic reaches the last four in Indian Wells.
Daria Gavrilova missed out on a place in the final of the Mexican Open despite a remarkable second-set fightback against defending champion Lesia Tsurenko.
The Australian trailed 6-2 5-0 in the semifinal but recovered to within a point of levelling the second set at 5-5 as Tsurenko struggled to close it out.
Gavrilova could only net a forehand on break point, however, and Tsurenko gratefully converted her seventh match point moments later for a 6-2 6-4 win.
“It was getting more and more tough in the second set because her defence was just amazing,” said Tsurenko.
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“It was confusing for me and I made a lot of mistakes, probably I lost some concentration.
“I’m really happy that it finished 6-4 and didn’t get into a tie-break.”
Tsurenko will face Stefanie Voegele in the final after the unseeded Swiss beat Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-4 7-6(5).
At the WTA Challenger event in Indian Wells, Ajla Tomljanovic beat Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-3 to reach the semi-finals.
She will play Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in the last four.
Jordan Thompson suffered only his second defeat in 12 matches as he went down 6-4 7-5 to Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in the Yokohama Challenger semifinals.