Croatian Tena Lukas continues to impress in Bol! In the quarterfinals of the WTA Croatia Bol Open she defeated world no. 112 Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The win ensures she will reach a career high ranking at the end of the week.
Lukas said she started well, but nerves played a role in the middle of the match. “At the beginning it was not difficult but in the second set, when I started to play nervous, my concentration and strength fell, but somehow I managed to calm down and bring the match home in the end,” she explained.
The third set was full of breaks, Lukas struggled with her first serve, which is one of her biggest weapons, but managed to make it through. Lukas absolutely loves playing this tournament in Bol. When asked what she likes best about playing here, she said “Everything! The clay, the balls…everything! I feel so relaxed. I really enjoyed the match, but I have to repeat it again. The audience is great, they are so good that I cannot let them down.”
Lukas grew up surrounded by tennis. Her older sister, Tajna and older brother Feliks both played, and her father is a tennis coach. Well aware of how difficult the sport is, her family tried to direct her towards the volleyball and other sports, when she was younger, but tennis was simply in her genes. So far the 23-year-old has experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout her career, lacking consistency, but, as Lukas observed, her game has matured and and she is starting to see the results she knows she is capable of producing. “I used to play on and off before. I got nervous. I always had something to worry about. Now I focus 100 percent on tennis. I’m completely focused, and I realized that it was my job, “Tena said.
In the semi-finals on the center court at the Bluesun Tennis Center she will play against her doubles partner, Slovenian world no, 122 Tamara Zidanšek starting at 5:30. “Tamara and I know each other well and will certainly play an interesting match. We have played quite a lot together and the last couple of times she won but it was close. I hope the viewers will enjoy it,” Lukas said.
The winner will face Polish world no. 68 Magda Linette in the final on Sunday, June 10 at 6:00pm. Linette moves into the final by walkover as Italian world no. 75 Sara Errani had to withdraw from the tournament on Friday night. The semi-final matches of WTA Croatia Bol Open will air on live television on the second HTV program from 5:30 pm.