Tsitsipas finds his footing to set
up Kyrgios semi in Washington
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[August 03, 2019]
(Reuters) - Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame another shoe problem
and an angry Benoit Paire on Friday to advance 7-5 6-0 and set up a
semi-final against Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios at the Citi
Open in Washington.
Frenchman Benoit lost his temper in the third game of the second set
when top seed Tsitsipas halted the match to attend to a broken shoe
Benoit told the chair umpire the Greek was stalling for time and
claimed it was a pattern with Tsitsipas, who also stopped play to
attend to problems with his footwear in his last two matches.
Once play resumed and Benoit lost a point, the Frenchman pretended
to have a shoe issue of his own and sat in his chair, testing the
chair's patience but earning no warning.
Benoit failed to regain his composure after the argument and
Tsitsipas cruised to the win on a warm night in the U.S. capital.
Kyrgios later hammered down 19 aces and needed just under an hour to
defeat Slovakian lucky loser Norbert Gombos 6-3 6-3 under the
The semi-final will mark the first career meeting between the two
players but they know each other's games well.
They are doubles partners this week in Washington and have said they
also plan to team up at the Cincinnati Masters later this month.
Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev looked sharp en route to an
impressive 6-4 7-6(7) win over Marin Cilic and will next face German
Peter Gojowczyk, who defeated Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-3 4-6 6-3 in
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Stefanos Tsitsipas of
Greece hits a backhand against Benoit Paire of France (not pictured)
in a men's singles quarterfinal of the 2019 Citi Open at William H.G.
FitzGerald Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY
In the women's draw, teenager Caty McNally upset fourth-seeded Hsieh
Su-wei 6-4 6-3 to reach the semis in her first WTA tournament and
set up a meeting with Camila Giorgi, who defeated Zarina Diyas 6-3
McNally, 17, is the latest American teenager to make waves in the
tennis world after 15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff reached the fourth
round at Wimbledon last month and Hailey Baptiste, also 17, stunned
second-seeded Madison Keys on Tuesday.
In other quarter-final action Anna Kalinskaya beat Kristina
Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 6-2 to set up a date with Jessica Pegula, who
defeated fellow American Lauren Davis 6-2 7-6(2) to advance to the
(Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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