The fifth-seeded Lucia Bronzetti will face off against the sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini, and the fourth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo will face off against the sixth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu. To reach the semifinals, Bronzetti had to beat Caroline Garcia, the fifth seed, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. This match took two hours and 56 minutes.
The 78th ranked player in the world only let four of the Frenchwoman’s 11 break point opportunities go to waste, while saving eight of them. In addition, she was more successful than Garcia on her first serve, winning 72% of those points. Fellow countrywoman Paolini, who she would face in the semi-finals, had her own comeback against eighth-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz.
In a marathon match that lasted 3 hours and 6 minutes, Paolini prevailed 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2. While facing 22 break points, Paolini saved 19. She also broke the Spanish player’s serve six times. She won 60% of her first-serve points and 50% of her second-serve points, while also winning 74% of the points on return on Parrizas Diaz’s second serves.
In the women’s Palermo open, only two seeds are left.
Sorribes Tormo, another Spaniard like Parrizas Diaz, defeated seventh-seeded Anna Bondar 6-2, 6-3 after 91 minutes of play. Tormo only let two of those break points through, while capitalizing on four of eight opportunities to break the Hungarian’s serve.
After a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Diane Parry of France, Romania’s Begu advanced to the final of the Palermo Ladies Open. It took Begu 1 hour 45 minutes to triumph. Although both players had major problems with their second serves, Begu was able to win the first set and take the early advantage by winning 86% of the points she served.
In addition, she never had a set point threatened against her. Even though the second set was closer, Begu won it in straight sets by taking advantage of three break points. Twitter’s Palermo Ladies Open provided the featured image for this article.