Australia’s Astra Sharma has reached her second WTA level final after a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory against Colombia’s María Camila Osorio Serrano in the WTA 250 in Charleston.
In 2019 Sharma lost the equivalent of a WTA 250 Bogota final against USA’s Amanda Anisimova. In the final she will face the no. 1 seed Ons Jabeur from Tunisia.
“I watched [Jabeur] a little bit today,” Sharma said. “She’s obviously playing really well. I’m really excited. I’ve never played her. I can’t wait to get out there. I’m playing really well and it will be fun to match up and see how I go.”
Osorio Serrano went into this week after winning a title in Bogota just last week, her first.
The Colombian, a former world no. 1 junior took the opening game to love.
Sharma answered that with a fairly convincing opening service game herself.
In the six game Sharma found herself facing three break points. She was not able to save one of them and fell behind 4-2.
Sharma would immediately break back thanks to three unforced errors from her opponent.
Down 5-6 in the first set, Sharma saved four set points to force a tiebreaker. When Osorio hit a forehand into the net, she converted her first and only set point.
The first break point was setup for Osorio when Sharma hit a mid court drive into the net. She would save it with a great backhand volley.
The next break point came after Sharma hit a loopy volley onto the baseline which sat up for her opponent, The Colombian hit a great passing shot. A powerful forehand forced an error to save another set point.
Again an unforced error brought up the third set point. A shot hit wide by Osorio saw that go begging. A Sharma double fault presented another set point, only to again see a big forehand save it.
After a marathon game, Sharma would hold to send the set to a tie breaker.
Osorio was out to 4-2 in the breaker before Sharma won five of the next six points.
In the second set Osorio won the first game before Sharma won the next six to claim the match.
“In the tiebreak, I thought I did a good job, holding my nerve, weathering the storm of her good shots,” Sharma said. “I thought she’s such a clean ball-striker, such a tough opponent that I was mentally prepared for her to hit those. I tried my best to beat her with my physicality, wear her down.”