Tig run goes on in Bucharest as Cornet rallies in Lausanne

Kristyna Pliskova was unable to stop home favourite Patricia Maria Tig reaching the last four at the Bucharest Open.

Patricia Maria Tig is through to the semifinals in Bucharest.   -  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Patricia Maria Tig continued her impressive run at the Bucharest Open on Friday, knocking out Kristyna Pliskova to reach the semifinals.

Appearing in the main draw of a WTA Tour tournament for the first time since 2017, Romanian Tig continued to enjoy home comforts as she upset her eighth-seeded opponent 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 after one hour and 49 minutes on court.

Elena Rybakina knocked out second seed Viktoria Kuzmova to also reach the semifinals, leaving Laura Siegemund — who will face Tig next after defeating Irina-Camelia Begu — as the last seeded player left in contention.

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Barbora Krejcikova followed fellow Czech Pliskova in slipping out in the last eight, losing in straight sets to Martina Di Giuseppe in Friday's final match.

At the Ladies Open Lausanne, Alize Cornet rallied impressively from a set down to defeat Natalia Vikhlyantseva and reach the last four.

'Best match'

The third seed — who won the tournament last year when it was held in Gstaad — proclaimed the 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory to be her "best match" of the tournament so far and will next fact Tamara Korpatsch, a winner in three sets against Jil Teichmann, the last remaining Swiss player in the field. 

In the other half of the draw, Fiona Ferro eased past former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, triumphing 6-4, 6-2. Her next opponent will be Bernarda Pera, who came through in a deciding set against Han Xinyun.