Lucic-Baroni Strikes Back In Québec
Published September 18, 2015 12:13
The No.2-seeded Lucic-Baroni, who made a fairytale run to her first WTA title in 16 years a year ago in Québec City, was in big trouble against Samantha Crawford, falling behind 6-4, 2-0 to the American qualifier. But she starting finding her range just in time, winning six of the next eight games to take the second set and then rolling through a 31-minute third set to sneak the victory out, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
"I thought it was an incredibly good match," Lucic-Baroni said. "She started out really great. She served well, moved well at the baseline, and I was just really surprised at how well she was playing. She's definitely better than No.217 and if she keeps playing like she did today she won't be there for long.
"It took me a little while to get adapted to her style and to how she plays, but I am really proud of myself - I kept hanging in there and kept fighting, and I stepped up when I needed to out there today."
How did Lucic-Baroni keep hanging in there? "I was mentally in every point, every game - even when she was serving or up 40-0. As the match went on, I feel like I started moving better, as well."
Lucic-Baroni also hit a big milestone - she scored the 350th match win of her career.
Lucic-Baroni and Beck will be playing against each other for the first time.
The other two quarterfinals both produced first-time WTA semifinalists - in fact, neither had even been to a WTA quarterfinal before. First to move through was Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko, who stormed out to a 6-0, 5-0 lead and eventually finished Paula Kania off after 57 minutes, 6-0, 6-1, and British lucky loser Naomi Broady followed with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 grinder over American Anna Tatishvili.
Ostapenko and Broady will also be playing against each other for the very first time.
Well done @NaomiBroady on reaching the semi finals of the WTA event in Quebec this week! Keep it going😊👊👍— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2015