BUCHAREST, Romania - Top seed Anastasija Sevastova is through to the final at the BRD Bucharest Open, advancing after Polona Hercog was forced to retire after the opening set, 6-1.
This is Sevastova’s second final in Bucharest, having reached this stage in 2016 and falling to Simona Halep in straight sets.
“I didn’t see she was injured,” Sevastova admitted. “I mean, I saw she got the tape, but only in the last game I saw she wasn’t moving really well.
“I’m just happy I didn’t stay on the court for three hours and finish at 1 AM! I am happy about that.”
Sevastova made a strong start against Hercog, starting off with an early break to lead 2-0. Hercog fought off four break chances in her next service game to hold firm, but she looked sluggish against Sevastova’s tricky game. The Latvian reeled off the last two games in a row to seal the first set with a confident double break.
Unfortunately, Hercog was forced to retire with an injury after that first set sending Sevastova back into the final in Bucharest.
Sevastova put together positive numbers, striking 13 winners and just nine errors against Hercog’s five and 16, respectively. Sevastova didn’t face a break point during the set, and in turn broke Hercog three times in seven chances.
“I always like to come here,” Sevastova said. “Before I am at home and then I come here, so I have good feelings to be at home, seeing my family and then coming here.
“I always play well here, even last year. I like the conditions here, I like that it’s hot, also playing at night, basically I like everything here.”
Up next, the Latvian will take on Petra Martic in the final after the Croatian player moved past home favorite Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets earlier in the day.
“I lost the last match I played against her in Paris last year at Roland Garros, it was not a great match from my side, so I hope I’m going to be better tomorrow,” Sevastova said.