Semifinals of the Zapopan Open, without Top 5 favorites


Zapopan.- Little relevance for the high rankings in the Zapopan Open 2022. The semifinalists have been defined after the day on Friday and among them there is no Top 5 of the best seeds, since the last to fall was the number 3 and still champion of the tournament, the Spanish Sara Sorribes.

Given the expectations of the people, Sorribes could not face the Czech Marie Bouzkova, falling in two sets by partials of 6-4 and 6-1. Bouzkova showed her fierce personality and knew how to turn around from the first hour of play, since she started losing 0-3 and recovered until the end of the second set, with strong shots that caused nervousness in the Spanish.

“I think that people here are very open and I am also a very open person, I feel very comfortable here, I feel that people are quite like me, we have a lot of fun and they have a very relaxed atmosphere and I really enjoy being here,” he said. Bouzkova with remarkable happiness after the victory against Sorribes.

With this result, the three main seeds of the Zapopan Open 2022 were already out: Emma Raducanuwho arrived as ranking 12 of the WTA, left in the first round, as did Madison Keys (ranked 29). The one who was able to extend her stay the most was Sorribes Tormo, who presented herself as the champion of the 2021 edition and number 31 in the world, but has been left out of contention for the semifinals.

The other seeds within the Top 5 were the Colombian Camila Osorio (ranking 45), also eliminated in the quarterfinals against the Russian Anna Kalinskaya (6-4 and 6-1), as well as the Spanish Nuria Parrizas Diazwho left from the first round when she fell to the Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova (6-1 and 6-4).

In this way, the semifinals are defined with the following keys: Sloane Stephens against Anna Kalinskaya and Marie Bouzkova against Wang Qiang. Of them, Stephens, champion of the US Open in 2017, is the only one who managed to enter the tournament in the Top 10 of the best seeds, being the sixth with a world ranking number 57.

Stephens starts as the main favorite of the semifinals according to her ranking, looking for a second title in Mexico after having been champion in Acapulco in 2016. However, due to the support of the Guadalajara public, Bouzkova is also emerging as a serious candidate, in addition with a thorn stuck in this venue, since in the 2019 edition they were runner-up and in 2021 they stayed in the semifinals, eliminated precisely by Sarah Sorribes.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m. in central Mexico, while the final will be played on Sunday around 7:00 p.m. The champions in the history of the Zapopan Open they are the russian Veronika Kudermetova in 2019 and the Spanish Sarah Sorribes in 2021, but this 2022 the trophy could go to China, Russia, the United States or the Czech Republic.

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