There’s been no shortage of drama during the day session on Friday at the Adelaide International 2 with No.4 seed and World No.31 Slovenian Tamara Zidansek having to withdraw before her semi-final match with American Alison Riske due to an abdominal injury.
It means that Saturday’s final will be an all-American affair with Riske to play the winner of tonight’s semi-final between America’s Cori “Coco” Gauff and Madison Keys.
Riske hasn’t had the ideal preparation for the final after her quarter-final opponent and fellow American Madison Brengle retired hurt with a calf injury at 3-3.
Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech will play the winner of tonight’s semi-final between South Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis and former US Open winner and No.4 seed Croatian Marin Cilic in tomorrow’s final after Rinderknech was too good for fellow countryman Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-3.
Rinderknech confirming today that he could be a difficult proposition for the winner of tonight’s semi-final and one to watch in 2022.
As hard as Moutet tried, he simply had no answer for the World No.58 who was unstoppable in the first set winning it 6-1 and wrapping it up in only 26 minutes with an incredible 100% (11/11) for first serve points won.
Games were on serve in the first four games of the second set, however, Rinderknech broke Moutet’s serve in the fifth game and got the game back on his terms to lead 3-2.
Moutet held serve in the seventh game and gave himself a chance of sending it to a decider, however, Rinderknech broke Moutet’s serve in the ninth game and it was all over, Rinderknech taking the final set 6-3.
In the women’s doubles final, Japan’s No.3 seeds Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya were too strong for Czech pair Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.
The men’s doubles No.3 seeds, Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands) and Neal Skupski (Great Britain) have progressed through to the men’s doubles final on Saturday after they were too strong for No.2 seeds and Adelaide International 1 finalists Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 6-4, 6-1.
Koolhof and Skupski will now play the winner of the match between No.6 seeds Ariel Behar (Uruguay) and Gonzalo Escobar (Ecuador) and No.8 seeds Tomislav Brkic (Bosnia) and Nikola Cacic (Serbia).