Prague Open: Hibino beats Cristian, to meet Noskova in the final

Nao Hibino defeated Jaqueline Cristian 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3 on Monday and will face No 4 seed Linda Noskova for the title

Nao Hibino Prague 2023 (CTK Photobank_Panoramic) CTK Photobank_Panoramic
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Japanese lucky loser Nao Hibino won her rain-delayed semi-final at the Prague Open over Romanian Jaqueline Cristian on Monday.

Hibino needed three sets to beat Cristian (6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3) to move into the final. The match had been interrupted on Sunday at 5-2 in the third set.

Hibino, ranked No 136 in the world, will face No 4 seed Linda Noskova next.

Earlier in the tournament, the Japanese player had defeated Italian Sara Errani (7-5, 3-6, 6-4), Slovak qualifier Viktoria Hruncakova (6-1, 7-5) and wildcard Tereza Martincova (6-1, 6-2).

Cristian, ranked No 122, beat top seed Marie Bouzkova (6-4, 4-6, 6-4), Colombian qualifier Emiliana Arango (6-4, 6-3) and Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl, the No 8 seed (6-4, 1-6, 6-2) in the previous rounds of the Prague tournament.

Prague WTA 250, other semi-final result (TK Sparta Praha, hard, USD 251.750):

  • Linda Noskova beat Tamara Korpatsch (Q): 6-1, 6-1

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