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3 - 11 feb. 2024 Cluj-Napoca

Eva Lys saves a match point, defeats Jaqueline Cristian, and qualifies for the quarterfinals at the Transylvania Open

Eva Lys achieves her first-ever qualification into a WTA 250 quarterfinal after a dramatic victory over Jaqueline Cristian. Lys managed a remarkable comeback after being down 6-2, 5-3, saving, among other things, a match point at 5-4. Eva Lys eventually triumphed after nearly three hours of play, with a score of 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 against Jaqueline Cristian, who played well but let the victory slip away.

Jaqueline controlled the match quite convincingly for the first two sets. This was because the Romanian player served well, returned aggressively and accurately, and her baseline play was flawless. Jaqueline employed a controlled aggression that paid off, especially against an opponent like Lys, who covers a lot of ground, retrieves many balls, and forces errors. Up until the score of 6-2, 5-3, everything went according to plan for Jaqueline, including having a match point.

After Lys canceled the match point, the German player suddenly elevated her game, made fewer errors, and succeeded with almost everything she attempted. Lys won four consecutive games, marked by flawless play. Cristian started the decider positively, breaking serve and even consolidating it, taking a 2-0 lead. However, once again, from this point, a slump appeared, giving wings to Lys.

The player from Germany struck the ball increasingly cleanly and precisely, was everywhere on the court, and made incredible use of Jaqueline’s shot strength. Just as she had come back in the second set, Eva didn’t give up in the decider. Trailing 2-0, Lys won the next six games in a row, consequently winning the match and achieving the most important result of her career.

Lys’s next opponent will be Ekaterina Makarova, who defeated Patricia Țig yesterday in three sets.

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