Katerina Siniakova meets Tamara Zidansek and Yulia Putintseva faces Sorana Cirstea in the 2019 Nurnberger Versicherungscup semifinals on Friday.
WTA Staff
May 23, 2019

CENTRE -- 1:30 p.m.
[1] Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ) vs. Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU)
Not before 3:00 p.m.
Tamara ZIDANSEK (SLO) vs. [2] Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE)
[1] Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) / XU Yifan (CHN) vs. [3] Raquel ATAWO (USA) / Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO)

SHOW COURT 3 -- 2:00 p.m.
Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) / Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) vs. Sharon FICHMAN (CAN) / Nicole MELICHAR (USA)

MATCH POINTS

Yulia Putintseva and Sorana Cirstea have evenly split their four previous encounters. Putintseva leads 2-1 on clay, but the clay-court match the Kazakh lost to Cirstea came in the Nurnberg quarterfinals in 2017.

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This is the third straight year Cirstea has played at Nurnberg, and she has made at least the final eight each time -- she reached the semifinals in 2017 and the quarterfinals last year. 

Putintseva's three-hour and 21-minute quarterfinal win over wild card Anna-Lena Friedsam is the longest match of the 2019 WTA season to date. 

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Katerina Siniakova won her only previous meeting with Tamara Zidansek, a 6-0, 6-2 victory at a clay-court Challenger event in Maribor, Slovenia, in 2014.

Zidansek is into her second WTA semifinal of the season, but she is still seeking her first-ever WTA singles final.