‘BIT OF LUCK’:Alize Cornet faces Karolina Pliskova in the singles final in Brisbane after her opponent, Garbine Muguruza, withdrew from their semi-final ‘exhausted’
Date: Jan 07, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, BRISBANE, Australia
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei was ousted by a former partner in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the
Brisbane International yesterday, while Alize Cornet reached her biggest final in more than two years in the singles.
Hsieh and Laura Siegemund fell to a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US and India’s Sania Mirza, a former partner of the Kaohsiung-born former doubles world No. 1.
The Taiwanese-German duo saved six of 11 break points, but converted just three of nine as they exited the tournament in 70 minutes.
Mattek-Sands and Mirza take on Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in today’s final after the second seeds defeated third seeds Abigail Spears of the US and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-1, 6-3 in 62 minutes in yesterday’s other semi-final.
In the singles, Cornet advanced after an “exhausted” Garbine Muguruza withdrew from their semi-final.
The unseeded Frenchwoman was leading her Spanish opponent 4-1 in the first set when Muguruza decided she could not continue.
Although the official reason was a right-thigh injury, the fourth-seeded Spaniard, who had spent more than seven hours on court in her first three rounds, conceded later that she was physically spent.
“I just felt, like, a little bit exhausted on the court and I have been dealing, you know, with tiredness and issues with all these hard matches I have been playing, and today I was far from 100 percent,” Muguruza said. [FULL STORY]