2014 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved back into the semifinals of the Citi Open after finishing off a rain-delayed quarterfinal against Yulia Putintseva.
WTA Staff
August 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC, USA - Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova won all four games played upon resumption to defeat Yulia Putintseva and return to the semifinals of the Citi Open on Saturday, 6-2, 6-2.

With the match suspended at 6-2, 2-2 following the latest bout of rain which has ravaged the U.S. capital this week, the 2014 winner in Washington needed less than 30 minutes to book her spot in the final four against Andrea Petkovic - set to take place later on Saturday.

The two-time major champion, who returned to tennis in March following a lengthy injury layoff, fell out of the Top 100 for the first time in 2002 after Wimbledon.

However, she has been rounding into form this week, having dropped just 10 games in three victories over American Kristie Ahn, Ana Bogdan and No.8 seed Putintseva.

"Everything has been postponed a lot, so it's a bit complicated," she said after the match. "I tried to focus on things that I could control. My matches were quite short, so it's good, and I feel great."

The victory puts the Russian into her first semifinal since the Mutua Madrid Open last May. 

Petkovic has won the last three meetings between the two players dating back to 2010, and leads the overall head-to-head, 4-1. However, they have not played in over three years, with their last meeting coming in Fed Cup in April of 2015.

"It's anothing interesting match," she said. "I'm trying to get as many matches as I can, and I hope to play good." 

On the other side of the draw, Croatia's Donna Vekic defeated Poland's Magda Linette, 6-1, 7-6(0), and China's Zheng Saisai ousted American Allie Kiick, 6-3, 6-1 to set up the other semifinal.