while posting results, I have realized that I was culturally insensitive by calling Strasbourg Bagel City, when it should obviously be Baguette city, I deeply apologize
Yes girl, let's do it. Good luck in singles! 🙌Wow! Finals in both, and my first final in singles so far! 🥰😍😋😊 Bad luck @soojung, some revenge for me after Madrid. I wish you the best of luck at Roland Garros sorry to Graf and Hingisafrilia too, you guys are the dominant team so I hope you don't mind us having the chance to win a 250 at your expense @bud887 let's get that first title legend! 🌸
Finals Galore For Kitahara as Sensational Strasbourg Run Continues
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Strasbourg, France (AP) - After outclassing Jennifer Casanova in a three set, triple tiebreak three hour thriller, Yukika Kitahara is at it again, edging past Soojung Park in a wonderful, high quality clash. In a back and forth semifinal on the centre court here in Strasbourg, the two Asian darlings of the tour traded ultra-powered groundstrokes, all whilst trying to out-manoeuvre each other from the back of the court, side to side. The first set saw Kitahara being aggressive from the off, jumping into a 4-0 lead before being pegged back to 4-3, as Park found her range and rhythm in the French-German border. Not to be deterred, Kitahara struck back with carefully crafted returns and timely net rushing to put the South Korean under pressure, and restore her break advantage, before calmly serving the set out to 15. The second set saw the second bagel this week received for Yukika, as like in round 1 she failed to capitalise on her lead and drew a blank, as her opponent classily grew in confidence, gracefully hitting the lines and using an array of differing strokes to fully settle the Japanese-woman. In set 3 though, Kitahara produced arguably her best tennis of the week so far, in reeling off four straight games from 2-2 in the final set, including saving break points at 4-2, and numerous game points from Soojung throughout the set. Kitahara finished the classic with a pin point forehand inside out return winner off a laser-like first delivery from Park. It is Kitahara's first singles final so far, which made a very successful day when combined with her doubles semifinal win earlier today, making it two finals on the week and back to back doubles finals for the Japanese after the Rome doubles final last weekend. We sat down with the rising star earlier to gather her immediate feelings after such a great win.
Q: Congratulations, Yukika! A first singles final for you on the tour, which was one of your goals. How do you feel?
Yukika: Oh, just wonderful (smiles). I knew today would be a real test, as Soojung posed the biggest threat to me so far this week. She's been in brilliant form these past few weeks and she's such a difficult player for me to play as we both play such similar games, each knowing what the other will bring to the court on match day. Overall, I feel extremely happy to have come through today and reach my first final. In comparison to the match in Madrid, where I felt I slightly petered away at the end and allowed Soojung to really put her foot down on me, this time I made sure to stay ahead on my own service games, as it would free up my own pressure on the return games. The second set was a bit messy to say the least but I started and finished the best playing my very best tennis, which is a huge positive for me and something I'm really proud of. To beat such a classy player like Soojung, especially on clay, is a massive confidence boosting win for me and I feel like it is the perfect match to tune me up another level to reach that top gear in Paris, where every girl will be bringing their best. 💕
Q: You're playing Sannie Carlson in the final. What are your thoughts about that match, and the idea that all of a sudden you are just one match win away from your first title on tour in just your fifth event? Any pressure?
Yukika: I am so excited, honestly. I know a lot about Sannie as she's been on the tour for quite a while now, and I've seen her a few times on the TV. It's a similar situation for me as my very first match on the tour a month ago against Hingisafrilia, in that it's a player I know enough about, but haven't yet actually played, and the experience of playing someone for the first time, no matter how much you think you know their game, is always different from what you originally expected - I took that much from my debut match and win on the tour against Fleri. As for pressure, the crowning jewel of the tour herself Billie Jean King once said that "pressure is a privilege", and I try to tell myself that diamonds are made under pressure. I know I'll be nervous at first out there, but so long as I embrace it and use it as a helpful tool rather than a harmful one, I'm confident that I can put myself in the best position to compete, and hopefully win, the title here in Strasbourg.
I'll be ready. 🌺
You're my new favorite player, I'll even root against Flopayla if we draw each otherGinger Moon into 1st Final; More Delusional than Ever
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"I'm the French Open favorite," Ginger Moon yelled at the three reporters covering her semifinal win over Isidora Islewood. "Who's going to beat me?" Ginger asked, clearly ignoring the multiple times she has lost in the past several weeks.
When asked about what happened during the second set, where a superior Islewood bageled Moon, Ginger ignored the question, instead standing on the table to model her new tennis outfit.
"The heels help me slide better and make a great tactical weapon should anyone try to get handsy," Ginger announced, preceding to then hurl a shoe at an unsuspecting reporter, narrowly missing his head. "See, look how effective that can be."
Ginger then gingerly limped to her shoe, giving one last look to the reporters before walking out without a word.
While Ginger may be a favorite for the Roland Garros crown, this reported believes she is more likely to be the favorite to be admitted.