T&T’s Breana Stampfli made her exit in the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit World Tennis Tour 15s Chaconia Classic at the quarterfinal stage, 5-7, 3-6 at the National Racket Centre, Orange Grove Road, Tacariguaon Friday.
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The 24-year-old Stampfli, a qualifier raced into a 2-0 games lead in the first set against the third-seeded Lexie Stevens of Holland.
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However, Stevens won three of the next four games to level up the set at 3-3, before Stampfli won the next two games to move to within a first set win at 5-3 ahead.
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But once again, the T&T ace failed to press home her advantage as Stevens the next four games, starving off a first set loss, to go one-up with a 7-5 win.
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The second set was also a see-saw battle most of the way, with Stampfli again racing into a 2-0 lead before Stevens won the next three games
Stampfli then drew level at 3-3, but Stevens then stepped up her game another level and won the next three games and the set, 6-3 to seal her passage to the final four
Stevens will now face second-ranked Colombian Yuliana Lizarazo who overcame Venezuelan Nadia Echeverria Alam, 6-3, 6-4 in their quarterfinal encounter
In the other semifinals, top-seeded Alice Gillan of Great Britain comes up against fourth-ranked Akilah James of USA after they defeated USA’s Amy Kaplan 6-4, 6-3 and Switzerland’s Pauline Wuarin 6-3, 6-0, in their last-eight match-ups respectively
Last night in the doubles semifinals, Poland’s Olga Brozda and Paulina Jasrrzebska came up against Lizarazo and Canada’s Maria Tanasescu while Echeverria combined with USA’s Sabastiani Leon to meet Estonian Maileen Nuudi and Stevens for places in the title match
On Thursday night, in an all-T&T women’s quarterfinal Stampfli outclassed 41-year-old fellow T&T Anneliese Rose 6-2, 6-1 while third-ranked Stevens powered past Jastrzebska 6-1, 6-0
In other second-round matches, top-ranked Gillan of Great Britain defeated Leon 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2; Kaplan whipped Holland’s Iris Verweij 6-1, 6-1; James humbled countrywoman Stephanie Kent 6-4, 6-1; Wuarin brushed aside Canada’s Keira Blackbeard 6-2, 6-1; Alam ousted USA’s Dylan Cline 6-3, 6-1 and Lizarazo toppled USA’s Tricia Mar, 6-2, 6-3. The tournament continues today and ends tomorrow