Despite Fantastic Crowd Support, Zidansek Stopped Tena

About five hundred spectators supported Tena Lukas in her first WTA tour level semi-final, but despite the enthusiastic atmosphere, Lukas failed to make it to the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open final. The match was a battle fight of styles, with Lukas` attacking on one side of the net and Tamara Zidansek’s counter attacking defense on the other. In the end, Slovenian Tamara Zidansek prevailed with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Lukas started off well with an early break to lead 3-0 in the first set, but Zidansek adjusted her game and steadily recovered to control the match through the end. Lukas was frustrated, saying “Today I did not really have any solutions. My coach consulted me twice, I did not know what to do. At all of my attempts she hit the counter, returned all the balls on the court and I did not know what to do. Simply, Tamara was better today.”

Though she tried to play as aggressively as possible, Lukas struggled to produce her best tennis seen over the past week, and the mistakes quickly accumulated. Thanks to a great run at the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open, Lukas’ ranking will improve from world no. 318 to world no. 262 come Monday. “I hope it will not stay there, I need to move to at least 199,” she said with a smile on her face. Lukas is determined to keep improving as she travels to her next tournament on Monday, followed by two weeks of training and more tournaments. Her goal is to reach the qualifying draw of the US Open. Reaching the Grand Slam tournament qualifications are her goal for this season.

The match was observed by the recent Roland Garros mixed doubles champion from Croatia, Ivan Dodig. He thought Lukas looked better than even, saying “Tena has definitely progressed, this is a different level of her game compared to a few years ago. It still needs plenty of work, but now it is on a good track.”

The 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open singles final takes place on Sunday, June 10 at 6pm. Magda Linette of Poland will be play today’s winner, Tamara Zidansek from Slovenia.