Maryna Zanevska (WTA 193) failed to qualify for the final of the WTA tournament in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday (gravel/235,238).
In the semifinals, Zanevska lost in two sets to Slovenian first seed Tamara Zidansek (WTA 50): 7-5 and 6-3 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. The 27-year-old Zanevska joined the last four for the first time at a WTA tournament. Earlier this year, 23-year-old Zidansek reached the semifinals at Roland Garros.
In the final, Zidansek will compete against 20-year-old French Clara Burel (WTA 125), who won 5-7, 6-2 and 6-2 against her compatriot Caroline Garcia (WTA 76), the fifth seed.
Burel is in the final of a WTA tournament for the first time. Zidansek is aiming for a first trophy in her third WTA final. Earlier this year she lost the final battle against home player Maria Osorio in the Colombian capital Bogota.
“Unable to play the best tennis”
“Maybe I’ll be proud of my performance in a few hours, but that’s not the case now,” Zanevska said afterwards. “I’m disappointed because I wasn’t top physically, no doubt due to the succession of races. This morning I had to call the physiotherapist, because when I got up, I could barely turn my neck.”
“I’m not looking for excuses: Zidansek is an excellent player and she deserved the win. But I do regret that I was physically unable to play my best tennis. The head wanted to, but the body wouldn’t.”