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Kyrgios, now in a row, reaches final in Washington

Kyrgios, now in a row, reaches final in Washington

Nick Kyrgios found he lacked consistency and reached his second consecutive final, something he had never achieved in his career.

The controversial Australian defeated Mikel Yammer 7-6(4) 6-3 on Saturday to enter the title match of the Washington Open.

Kyrgios, who was a finalist at Wimbledon and lost to Novak Djokovic, has adapted well to the hot and humid conditions in this US Open warm-up competition.

He won a rare 24-shot exchange when Yammer was on serve to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreak of the first set. Since then, taking advantage of his service, he took the sleeve.

In the second set, Kyrgios hit the only break of the match, hitting a half-volley cross to take a 5–3 lead.

The 27-year-old is ranked 63rd in the Australian rankings but could move up to 37th if he wins the title on Sunday. Kyrgios was crowned in Washington in 2019, the most recent of his six ATP titles.

In the second semi-final, Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka defeated top seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-3, 6-4.

In the women’s section, Kaya Kanepi beat Daria Saville 6-3, 6-1 to win her first title in nine years, one win away.

Kanepi, a 37-year-old Estonian who has accumulated four WTA titles, won the last in Brussels in 2013.

This year she made a comeback anchoring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. He believes that a greater sense in his calendar definitions has allowed him to maintain a good form.

“It was really surprising to me. I never thought about reaching the quarter-finals in Australia. I thought it was not my place,” said Kanepi, who previously finished in the top eight of the other three majors. “But I played really well and then I just kept doing it. Actually, I didn’t put pressure on myself to achieve anything special.

Kanepi’s record this year is 19-10, his most wins since 2013. He is ranked 37th.

He plans to play two more hard-court tournaments ahead of the US Open, which begins on August 29.

In the final, Kanepi will face 60th-ranked Lyudmila Samsonova, who defeated Zhiyun Wang 6-1, 6-1. Samsonova, 23, is in search of her second WTA singles trophy.

He won the hard court competition in New Haven, Connecticut in 2017.

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