Tennis, Jasmine Paolini flies to the final in Dubai


By John

Jasmine Paolini is the first finalist in the “Duty Free Tennis Championships”, the second tournament of this category of the season with a total prize money of 3,211,715 dollars, which is being played on the hard courts of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The 28 year old from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, number 26 in the world, won in the quarterfinals over Romanian Sorana Cirstea, 22nd WTA, in two sets with a score of 6-2 7-6(6), gained in one hour and 57 minutes of game. “I experienced a little drama at the end of the second set – says the Italian at the end of the match – I was a little nervous, she is a great player and yesterday she had come back from an even worse situation. I am very happy to have won the tie break and this extraordinary match”” It’s the best moment of my career. I still can’t believe that I’ve been in the WTA top 20 since Monday. Tomorrow’s final will certainly be very tough but I’m playing well here, I feel in shape”, concluded Paolini, who for the title will challenge the winner of the second semi-final which will pit the Pole and number 1 in the world rankings, Iga Swiatek, against the Russian Anna Kalinskaya.