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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday September 30, 2022


Barbora Krejcikova eased past Beatriz Haddad Maia to reach her first semifinal since January.

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After a year marred by injuries, Barbora Krejcikova appears to finally be reaching top form. The Czech snapped a run of four consecutive losses against the Top-20 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 15th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia to book her spot in the semifinals at the Tallinn Open in Estonia.

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The former World No.2 (ranked 27) will face Belinda Bencic, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1, in the semifinals on Saturday.

Krejcikova, who was out for months with an elbow injury, has yet to drop a set this week, notching wins over Ajla Tomljanovic, Marta Kostyuk and Haddad Maia.

The Czech withdrew at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg this spring, due to a right elbow injury, and has needed time to find her best tennis since.

She had gone 7-10 with a third round appearance at Wimbledon and a second-round loss at the US Open since she returned to the tour to make her title defense at Roland-Garros (a first-round loss to Diane Parry).

Krejcikova won 14 of 16 second-serve return points and broke serve three times on seven opportunities in her 83-minute victory over the No.3 seed.

She won the final four games of the opening set and the final three games of the second set.

Elsewhere, top-seeded Anett Kontaveit reached the semis with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Ysaline Bonaventure.

Kaia Kanepi and Karolina Muchova are currently battling for the final semifinal spot, with the winner to face Kontaveit on Saturday.


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