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Yastremska vs Linette WTA Hua Hin Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Rising star, Yastremska seeks second WTA final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 1 Feb 2019
  • Dayana Yastremska vs Magda Linette is live from Hua Hin on Saturday, 2 February from 6:30pm local time/ 11:30am GMT
  • Yastremska won their only previous meeting in two tie breaks in New Haven last season
Dayana Yastremska. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Rising star, Dayana Yastremska continues her hunt for a second WTA title when she takes on Poland's Magda Linette in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin on Saturday.

Yastremska has again been in blistering form this week, blazing past Arantxa Rus and Shuai Peng in the opening two rounds for the loss of just eight games, before scoring her second victory over former world No. 1, Garbine Muguruza in the quarter finals on Friday.

Yastremska had outclassed Muguruza 6-2 6-3 on her way to the Luxembourg semi-finals last season, and she proved it wasn't a fluke (just in case there are still any doubters), with another terrific win over the two-time Grand Slam champion. 

Muguruza stuck with the swashbuckling Ukrainian in a tight first set, saving two set points at 5-6, and another four in the tie break as she battled back from 1-6 to 5-6, but Yastremska would not be denied, taking the next point to close out the set after an hour and six minutes. With the opening set in the bag, the youngster ran away with the second in just 32 minutes, breaking three times to register another fantastic victory, and continue her meteoric rise. She hit 27 winners to Muguruza's five.

"I think I forgot about the match last year. I watched the highlights so I could see the tactics," Yastremska said. "I had the confidence, but it was another day, another match, like I was playing against her for the first time".  
"It's always great to win against the top players. I'm excited to be here, to be in the semifinals. Being here for the first time, so I really appreciate the opportunity."

The 18-year-old was a relative unknown heading into the final quarter of last season, but she produced a stunning finish to the year, winning her first tour-level title in Hong Kong and backing it up with a semi-final in Luxembourg to end the year at 58th in the world, having being outside the top 100 at the start of October.

She has continued her rise in 2019, making the quarter finals in Hobart, the third round of the Australian Open, where she beat experienced campaigners, Sam Stosur and Carla Suarez Navarro to record her first ever Grand Slam main draw wins before falling to Serena Williams in the third round, and now, advancing to the semi-finals in Hua Hin.

The world No. 47 has now reached at least the semis in three of her last five WTA main draw appearances, and she will attempt to make a second final when she plays Linette on Saturday.

Surprise semi-finalist, Linette had won only one match prior to Hua Hin; the win coming against Maria Sakkari in Hobart, while she lost opening matches in Shenzhen and the Australian Open, but she has picked up three victories in Thailand, beating Priscilla Hon and Monica Niculescu in three sets, before easing out Yafan Wang in straight sets in the quarter finals on Friday.

Magda Linette. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
The 26-year-old Pole is attempting to reach her second tour-level final, and a first since September 2015 when she fell to Yanina Wickmayer in the final of the Japan Women's Open. Linette reached a career-high ranking of 55 in February 2018 following a third round run at the Australian Open and a quarter final in Taipei- but she could not build on that early form, and suffered first round defeats in eight of her next nine main draw appearances, the only respite in that mix being a quarter final in Bogota. 

She dug out a few good results in the second half of the year, making a semi-final in Nanchang, and quarter finals in Washington (where she beat Naomi Osaka) and Hiroshima, and ended the year at 81st in the world. However, her ordinary start to 2019 had put her top-100 ranking in more danger, as she was down at 98th at the start of the week, but she has steadied the ship with her performance in Hua Hin, and will attempt to add further gloss to her week by progressing to the final.

It's been a fine week for the Pole, but it will likely come to an end on Saturday when she crashes into the swashbuckling Yastremska, who must feel she can do no wrong at the moment.

Dayana Yastremska vs Magda Linette is live from Hua Hin on Saturday, 2 February from 6:30pm local time/ 11:30am GMT

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Yastremska vs Linette WTA Hua Hin Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Rising star, Yastremska seeks second WTA final

Rising star, Dayana Yastremska seeks her second tour-level final when she takes on Magda Linette in Hua Hin on Saturday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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