Tauson wins to set up Lyon final against Golubic

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LYON, France — Danish teenager Clara Tauson continued her remarkable form at the Lyon Open, beating seventh-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain 7-5, 6-1 to set up a first career final against fellow qualifier Viktorija Golubic.

Golubic caused another upset by beating second-seeded Fiona Ferro 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4) in the sixth career semifinal for the Swiss.

Tauson had seven aces and, although she dropped her serve twice, the 18-year-old broke Badosa’s serve five times to maintain her perfect run as the only player not to drop a set at the indoor tournament.

“I kept my nerves and my calm. I’m not thinking too much about tomorrow,” Tauson said after the first semifinal of her career. “I’m just going to go out there and have fun like I have in all the matches so far.”

The 139th-ranked Tauson is a former Australian Open junior champion. Her performance here in Lyon is even more impressive considering she came through two qualifying rounds, and then had to face top-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round.

“I think I didn’t play as good today as I did the other days, I just tried to stay in the match,” Tauson said. “Even though my level was maybe 10% less than the other days, I still felt pretty comfortable and won a lot of points.”

Tauson has practiced “a couple of times” in the past with countrywoman Caroline Wozniaki, who was ranked No. 1 in 2010 and won the Australian Open among her 30 career titles.

“We know each other … but it’s not like we’re close or anything,” Tauson said. “We come from different times (eras) in Danish tennis and she lives in the USA.”

The 28-year-old Golubic is ranked 130th and also came through two qualifying rounds here.

Ferro broke her for 6-5 and served for the match. Golubic broke back to force a tiebreaker and won on her first match point to reach her third career final and first since losing at Linz, Austria, in October 2016.

Golubic won her only career title in July that year, on home clay at Gstaad.

Gael Monfils withdraws from French Open with wrist injury

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PARIS — A thrilling five-set victory took a toll on Gael Monfils, whose withdrawal from the French Open handed No. 6 Holger Rune a walkover to the third round.

The 36-year-old Frenchman said he has a strained left wrist and can’t continue.

He battled Sebastian Baez for nearly four hours on Court Philippe Chatrier before beating the Argentine 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 in a first-round match that ended at 12:18 a.m. local time.

The victory was Monfils’ first at tour level this year, as the veteran was coming back from heel surgery.

“Actually, physically, I’m quite fine. But I had the problem with my wrist that I cannot solve,” he said. “The doctor say was not good to play with that type of injury. Yesterday was actually very risky, and then today definitely say I should stop.”

Monfils reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2008 and made it to the quarterfinals on three other occasions.

Mikael Ymer fined about $40K after default for hitting umpire stand with racket

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PARIS — Swedish tennis player Mikael Ymer was docked about $40,000 after being disqualified for smashing his racket against the umpire’s chair at a tournament the week before he competed at the French Open.

An ATP Tour spokesman said Ymer forfeited about $10,500 in prize money and 20 rankings he earned for reaching the second round of the Lyon Open. Ymer also was handed an on-site fine of about $29,000.

The spokesman said the ATP Fines Committee will conduct a review of what happened to determine whether any additional penalties are warranted.

The 56th-ranked Ymer, who is 24 and owns a victory over current No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, was defaulted in Lyon for an outburst late in the first set against French teenager Arthur Fils last week.

Ymer was upset that the chair umpire would not check a ball mark after a shot by Fils landed near a line. As the players went to the sideline for the ensuing changeover, Ymer smacked the base of the umpire’s stand with his racket twice – destroying his equipment and damaging the chair.

That led to Ymer’s disqualification, making Fils the winner of the match.

After his 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 loss to 17th-seeded Lorenzo Musetti in the first round at Roland Garros, Ymer was asked whether he wanted to explain why he reacted the way he did in Lyon.

“With all due respect, I think it’s pretty clear from the video what caused it and why I reacted the way I reacted. Not justifying it at all, of course,” Ymer replied. “But for me to sit here and to explain? I think it’s pretty clear what led me to that place. I think that’s pretty clear in the video.”