Putintseva declines Bolsova spot in the semi-finals


In the third quarter-final of the day, second-seed Yulia Putintseva, of Khazakstan, played Spain’s Aliona Bolsova, who got off to a strong start on center court. Putintseva seemed concerned with her game, and found herself at a disadvantage from the start. Bolsova played confident tennis, which frustrated Putintseva. The Spaniard took her chances and played to a 5-1 lead and was then able to close out the first set 6-2 after 40 minutes.

Putintseva battled to a 3-1 lead in the second set, hoping to take the quarter-finals to a deciding set. That dream didn’t last long, as Bolsova broke back for a 4-3 lead and just 8 balls from a place in the semi-finals. The Kazakh played very well defensively and had a good feel for her set pieces and finally took home the second set with a 7-2 tiebreak.

The third set was a battle from start to finish, after long duels and many clenched fists – Putintseva finally won the decisive set 6-4 and will play the semi-finals in Båstad on Friday.