Zverev nears Chengdu title, Khachanov and Nishioka clash in Zhuhai, boulter's early exit in Ningbo
Posted : 26 September 2023
Alexander Zverev is on the verge of winning his second title of the season as he advanced to the Chengdu Open final. The World No. 10 defeated Grigor Dimitrov with a score of 6-3, 7-6(2). Zverev, who reached the US Open quarter-finals, is in fine form and has not dropped a set in this tournament. He will face Roman Safiullin in the final, who will be competing in his first ATP Tour final.
Zverev's performance in the semi-final was impressive, hitting 21 winners, nine aces, and saving all five break points he faced. He expressed satisfaction with his performance and is looking forward to a high-level final.
His opponent, Roman Safiullin, has been a dangerous player in the tournament, playing aggressively and hitting the ball hard. This week, he has shown exceptional form, making him a formidable opponent in the final.
In Zhuhai, Karen Khachanov reached the final by defeating Sebastian Korda 7-5, 6-4. Khachanov, ranked No. 15 in the world, is seeking his first tour-level title in five years. His opponent in the final will be Yoshihito Nishioka, who secured his place with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Aslan Karatsev.
Meanwhile, British player Katie Boulter faced an early exit in the Ningbo Open in China. She lost a marathon battle to Vera Zvonareva, lasting more than three hours and ending with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(3). Despite her status as the seventh seed, Boulter couldn't secure the win. Zvonareva, a strong doubles player, achieved an unexpected singles victory.
In another match involving a British player, Jodie Burrage is set to face Tamara Korpatsch in the first round on Tuesday at the Ningbo Open.