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It was an insanely intense and emotional day on the Legia Tenis & Golf courts and a celebration of the sport with a peculiar twist. We’ve singled out only one of the finalists of BNP Paribas Warsaw Open – it was Laura Siegemund. The second semifinals’ game between Iga Świątek and Yanina Wickmayer was postponed at a score of 6:1, 5:5 for the Polish player due the encroaching darkness.

Siegemund gave a show of intense endurance today – she’s spent 6,5 hours on the court! First in a three set battle she defeated an Italian player Lucrezia Stefanini 7:6(5), 5:7, 6:3, and then in the semifinals game she’s defeated her fellow German player Tatjana Maria after an equally intense match 5:7, 6:3, 6:4.

Laura Siegemund (foto: Adam Harasim / BNP Paribas Warsaw Open)

In the end I have to say that the spectators have carried me a little bit. You know, against Tatjana you have to win every point by yourself. She gives you nothing for free, and I knew that she played like this all her life and its very difficult because you keeping making errors and you have to believe in yourself – said Laura Siegemund.

It’s important to note, that Siegemund for the first time in her career advanced to the finals of a hardcourt tournament of WTA Tour ranking.

Long duels endured by the German player had an uncommon evening finale. In the second semifinals game Iga Świątek faced off against Yanina Wickmayer. Before that the Polish player defeated the Czech play Linda Noskova 6:1, 6:4.

Iga Świątek (foto: Michał Jędrzejewski / BNP Paribas Warsaw Open)

I knew, that Linda plays very well, because literally four days ago we trained together on a grass court. She’s a player that for sure has a lot of power, so I’d like to be ready for everything. I’m happy that I’ve used my experience and that from day to day I’m more comfortable playing here – said Iga Świątek after the semifinal match.

I seemed that the Polish player would advance to the finals after a very one sided duel. She lead 6:1, 5:2 and served, but Wickmayer turned the fate of the match, and brought to a tie. Scoring 5:5 in the second set the match was cancelled due to the encroaching darkness.

Order of Play – 30.07.2023

The rest of the match Świątek versus Wickmayer on Sunday at 12:00 AM. Only after a suitable rest will the singles finals commence, but not before 1:00 PM. At the end of the day Polish doubles player Weronika Falkowska and Katarzyna Piter will battle for the title with… Yaniną Wickmayer and Heather Watson.