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By Tennis Now | Friday, July 16, 2021


Caroline Garcia scored two wins to reach her first semifinal in two years in Lausanne.

Photo credit: Ladies Open Lausanne / @matchfotos

Caroline Garcia is extending French success in Lausanne with her first WTA semifinal in two years.

In a busy day of play at the Ladies Open Lausanne, Garcia edged Australian qualifier Astra Sharma 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 in the round of 16. Garcia returned to court and tore through 11 of the last 13 games conquering Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3 after trailing 2-5 in the opening set.

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It's Garcia's first semifinal since June of 2019 when she defeated Donna Vekic to capture her seventh career title on the grass of Nottingham.

A Frenchwoman has raised the Lausanne title trophy in each of the last two editions with Fiona Ferro winning the 2019 title a year after Alize Cornet earned the championship. The tournament was cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

There will be a French finalist in Lausanne again.

The fifth-seeded Garcia will face fellow Frenchwoman Clara Burel for a spot in Sunday's final.

Burel beat compatriot  Fero 7-5, 6-2 for her first Tour-level semifinal.

Top-seeded Tamara Zidansek will play 193rd-ranked Maryna Zanevska in Saturday's second semifinal.

Zidansek converted all six break points in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Italian Lucia Bronzetti in two hours, 19 minutes.


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