|Ons Jabeur (photo by Daniel Ward)|
In the other semifinal, 10th seed Belinda Bencic, who upset 2nd seed Paula Badosa in an exciting quarterfinal played earlier today, will face Ekaterina Alexandrova. Alexandrova defeated Magda Linette 6-0, 6-2 in their quarterfinal match.
Linette played two three-set matches (one, a thriller) almost back-to-back yesterday, so one has to assume that she wasn't exactly fresh for her quarterfinal. Alexandrandova talked about this after this match:
"...it's always tough to play against her, but I also knew that she played yesterday like two three-set matches, and I think she finished like super late, and for her it would be extremely tough to play today. I knew that, but still, I was trying to play every single point, because I know, like you don't know when, but she can start to play like just amazingly and it will be super tough.
"The first set was quite easy for me, and I think somewhere like in the middle of the second set I started having some kind of issue. There was like a few mistakes, and she started to play much better than she played in the first set. And I knew I needed to finish it as fast as I can because I know like longer playing the better she will play."
Bencic is 2-2 against Alexandrova. The only time they played on clay, Alexandrova won. Jabeur and Anisimova have never played one another.