In the ¼ final of the tournament in Strasbourg, Barbara Kreichikova (38th place) played against Ekaterina Alexandrova (33rd place in the rating). Ekaterina shows an unstable game. She is far from perfect in serving. There is no stability at the reception. Bookmakers believe that the match will not drag on. Most likely, he will be grassroots.
Review of the first set of the match Barbara Kreichikova - Ekaterina Aleksandrova
The first to serve is Kreichikova. In the very first game, a fight ensued. The score was "exactly". After a few exactly Kreichikova was able to win a point on her serve. Alexandrova wins game 2 on her serve. In game 3, Ekaterina realized a break point. Immediately, the Russian woman was able to take a point on her serve. Score: 1 - 3. In the 5th game the score was "even". Kreichikova was able to realize her serve. In the 6th game, Alexandrova, without much effort, was able to realize her serve.
In the 7th game, Kreichikova wins a point on her serve. In the 8th game, Kreichikova converted a break point and leveled the score in the set: 4 - 4. In the 9th game, Kreichikova wins a point on her serve. She comes forward in the set. In the 10th game, Alexandrova was able to win a point on her serve. Gradually the game got to the time-break. Kreichikova turned out to be stronger. She won 7 - 4. Set score: 7 - 6. As we can see, from the psychological point of view, Alexandrova cannot compete with serious rivals.
Review of the second set of the match Barbara Kreichikova - Ekaterina Aleksandrova
Alexandrova wins the opening game of the second set. Kreichikova won the second game on her serve. The score becomes equal: 1 - 1. In game 3, Barbara converted a break point. In the 4th game, after several "exactly" Kreichikova wins her serve. Score: 3 - 1. In the 5th game, after the next score “exactly”, Barbara converted a break-point. The score becomes: 4 - 1. In the 6th game, after the next "40 - 40", Kreichikova realized another break point.
In the 7th, decisive game, Kreichikova converted her serve. She won the set 6 - 1. Result of the match: 2 - 0 (7 - 6 and 6 - 1). Apparently, Ekaterina Aleksandrova was unable to readjust and tune in to the second set. She lost psychologically after the time-break. Kreichikova advances to the next round of competitions. She will try to fight for the title.
In the semifinals, Kreichikova will play with Yule Niemeyer. The German tennis player has shown that she can play on equal terms with TOP tennis players. The sensational victory over Shelby Rogers turned out to be important. Now Niemeyer has a chance to reach the final of the tournament in Strasbourg. This will be the best achievement of Yule Niemeyer.