SYDNEY – Reuters
French Open champion Barbora Krichkova qualified for the semi-finals of the Sydney Tennis Championships on Thursday with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Carolina Garcia, while Tunisian Ons Jabeur was forced to retire from facing Annette Kontaveit due to injury.
After sweeping her opponent in the first set, world number four Krichikova led 2-0 in the second set and thwarted Garcia’s attempts to come back to finish the match in 68 minutes.
Krichkova, who has only lost eight games in two matches in Sydney, told reporters: “I was feeling good. I think I put in a strong performance today. I’m improving in every game, and I’m happy with that. I enjoyed playing here in Sydney with some fans supporting me. The atmosphere was nice and I enjoyed it.”
Krichkova will play Kontaveit, who qualified after Tunisian Anas withdrew due to a lower back injury after losing the first set 6-4.
“I think it’s going to be a tough match,” Krichikova said. “Annette is brilliant. She’s doing well. She’s doing good things and I’m looking forward to playing it and seeing what I’m doing right now.”
Doubts surround Anas’ participation in the Australian Open (January 17-30) after she spoke on Wednesday of an elbow injury after contracting the Corona virus last month, in addition to her new infection.
Kontaveit said: “I hope that Anas will be in good shape next week and not be a serious injury. She was strong in the first set and we had difficult matches before, but she always excelled.”