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Sevastova surges into semifinals

4 January 2018, by

After a premature retirement due to ongoing injuries, Anastasija Sevastova’s career – Part II – is flourishing.

On Thursday, the Latvian No.7 seed easily accounted for unseeded Serb Aleksandra Krunic to reach the semifinals of the Brisbane International with a 6-2, 6-4 result.

The world No.15 has sounded her 2018 intentions early. She has not gone close to dropping a set in her opening three matches – over Sam Stosur, Sorana Cirstea and now Krunic.

“I think today I got lucky winning in two sets. My serve saved me again,” Sevastova said. “But mentally, it could have been better.”

The run continues a steady rise from the 27-year-old. She won her first title in seven years on grass in Mallorca last year and went on to reach a second straight US Open quarterfinal.

A fifth career final beckons. She will start a heavy favourite against Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich for a place in Saturday night’s final.

“I practised with her a couple of times, but I know her pretty well,” Sevastova said. “We were talking outside of the court, but I haven’t seen any matches here.

“She’s solid. I think she’s on fire here. You have to win six matches in one tournament. It’s tough. It’s almost like [winning] a tournament.”