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.

Sorribes Tormo beats 2nd-seeded Trevisan at Parma Open

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PARMA, Italy — Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-seeded Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the opening round of the Parma Ladies Open – marking the third consecutive first-round loss for this year’s French Open semifinalist.

Third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu advanced when Viktoriya Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.

Danka Kovinic beat Oceane Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Also on the red clay courts, Mayar Sherif of Egypt eliminated fifth-seeded Anna Bondar 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated seventh-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilde Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by beating Romanian qualifier Gabriela Lee 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Nakashima takes first ATP Tour title at San Diego

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SAN DIEGO – Brandon Nakashima earned his first ATP Tour victory in his hometown, beating friend and fellow Southern Californian Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 in the San Diego Open final.

“It’s super-special, something you dream of, but to have it happen in my hometown with all my friends and family here, it’s a moment I’ll never forget,” said Nakashima, who had two previous finals appearances. “I hope there are many more moments like this to come.”

Nakashima, a 21-year-old who grew up in San Diego and trained extensively at the event’s site as a junior, clinched the opening set in only 30 minutes. The second set, filled with lengthy rallies, took nearly an hour.

Giron, the No. 5 seed and former NCAA title winner from UCLA, wasn’t able to fend off Nakashima’s persistent ground strokes and well-placed serves. Nakashima had eight aces, six in the first set.

Serving at 5-4 in the second set, Nakashima tallied the match’s deciding two points when Giron pushed an easy volley into the net, followed by Nakashima’s second-serve ace.

He earned $93,090, about half of what received for reaching the third round of the U.S. Open in early September.

Nakashima, who was ranked No. 69 on the ATP Tour, moved up to 48, his highest ranking in nearly three years on tour. Despite the loss, Giron moved up to 53 from 58.

Not only was the singles title claimed by an American, the doubles title also taken by an American duo as the second-seeded pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow defeated Australians Jason Kubler and Luke Saville 7-6 (5), 6-2.

The $612,00 event was held at Barnes Tennis Center, which next hosts the $757,900 WTA 500 San Diego Open, Oct. 8-16. That will feature 16 of the world’s top-ranked 20 women pros, led by No. 1 Iga Swiatek.