19th in the world: Russia Veronika Kudermetova claimed that after the Wimbledon suspension, she began training as if her life depended on it. Kudermetova’s grass season got off to a strong start as she advanced to the semifinals in Berlin and’s-Hertogenbosch.
Kudermetova missed the opportunity to cap off her successful grass season with a great Wimbledon showing after two strong showings in’s-Hertogenbosch and Berlin. Kudermetova began her summer season this week in San Jose at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on hard courts.
Ons Jabeur, a Wimbledon finalist, was defeated 7-6 (5), 6-2 by Kudermetova, who then shared her thoughts on the Wimbledon suspension. As quoted by The San Francisco Chronicle, Kudermetova said, “I worked really hard every day, like I dying on the court.”
“I reentered the tour much more powerfully.”
Kudermetova defeats Jabeur once more.
Despite being ranked fifth in the world, Jabeur is unable to defeat Kudermetova. Kudermetova defeated Jabeur on Friday, bringing their head-to-head record to 3-0.
Ons is a very evasive opponent, I know that,” Kudermetova noted. “I really put in a lot of effort today, and I’m thrilled with my victory.” In the third game of the match, Kudermetova broke for the first time, but she was broken again in the fourth game.
No more breaks were witnessed, so a tie-break was required to decide the first set. Jabeur tied the tie-break at five points each in the tie-break after coming back from a 5-2 hole, but Kudermetova took the following two points to take the close first round.
After taking the opening set, which was extremely close, Kudermetova broke Jabeur three times to win the match in straight sets. I tried to just play my game, but I recall her game and her techniques, Kudermetova remarked.
I tried to concentrate on my strategy because I knew I had to play quickly and not give her time to slice or drop shots.