Strycova continues strong Birmingham run

Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova plays a shot during her tennis match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Barbora Strycova closed in on a third Birmingham Classic final after avenging herself on Lesia Tsurenko on Friday.

Boosted from beating Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza on Thursday, Strycova prevailed 7-5, 3-0 when Tsurenko quit with a painful left hip.

The industrious, hard-running Ukrainian threatened to frustrate Strycova with slow-paced, cleverly varied consistency. But winning will harden the Czech's belief that even at 32 there is still time for more fine deeds on grass, on which her ability to slice, to chip and charge, and to win points at the net often makes her dangerous.


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