Aegon Classic – Day Six

Despite a day of rain interruptions, all semi-final matches were completed on day six of the Aegon Classic.

Top seed Ana Ivanovic booked her place in the  final of the Aegon Classic after beating China’s, Shuai Zhang in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.   The world No.13 has not dropped a set this tournament and Sunday’s final will be her fourth final of the year.

Speaking after the match Ivanovic explained what it would mean for to lift the Maud Watson Trophy:  “It’s been ten years on tour and I have never won a title on grass. That would definitely be something special.”

A victory for Ivanovic on Sunday will also move her up to 11 in the world rankings.

Joining Ivanovic in the Aegon Classic final will be the world No.62 Barbara Zahlavova Strycova, who beat Casey Dellacqua, 7-6(5), 6-1.   Zahlavova Strycova commented after the match: “I can’t believe it. It’s great. It’s something I never did before, and I am very pleased and overwhelmed that I could pull it through today.

Ahead of her match against the Aegon Classic top seed, the 28 year-old added: “My thoughts are Ana is a great player. Such a champion. She was No.1 in the world, and I expect it to be very challenging and I’m looking forward for this.”

In the first semi-final of the doubles at the Aegon Classic, No.3 seeds, Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears knocked out the top seeds, Cara Black & Sania Mirza.  They came from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in a match that last an hour and 23 minutes and will move the duo up to fifth in the world rankings regardless of the result on Sunday.

The final match of the day saw Casey Dellacqua on court for a second time with doubles partner Ashleigh Barty. The duo fought past Caroline Garcia & Shuai Zhang 6-4, 6-2 to reach the doubles final where they meet Kops-Jones & Spears.

The order of play tomorrow is as follows:

11am
Doubles Final
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) [2] v Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) /Abigail Spears (USA) [3]

Not Before 1:00 pm
Singles Final
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [1] v Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

The singles final will be followed by the Rally for Bally exhibition match featuring Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman – a national fundraising effort in memory of former British No.1 Elena Baltacha, known as Bally, who died of liver cancer on 4th May.

Three exhibition matches will take place here at Edgbaston Priory Club, Queen’s Club London and at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

All funds raised will be split equally between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Foundation, the charity attached to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis which Bally set up to help children from all backgrounds play tennis.

A Rally For Bally JustGiving page has been set up, and donations can be made quickly and easily here: www.justgiving.com/RallyForBally. Or, text “EBAL60 £10” to 70070, to make, for example, a £10 donation via your mobile phone.