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Rodionova charges into Thailand Open singles quarterfinals | 1 February, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Rodionova charges into Thailand Open singles quarterfinals | 1 February, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Australia’s Arina Rodionova advances to her second WTA-level singles quarterfinal – and her first since July 2017.

Hua Hin, Thailand, 1 February 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Hua Hin, Thailand

Arina Rodionova has continued her winning run at the Thailand Open, moving into the singles quarterfinals after scoring a three-set victory against Chinaโ€™s Zhuoxuan Bai.

The 34-year-old Australian finished strongly to score a 3-6 6-1 6-0 victory against the world No.90 at the WTA 250 tournament.

โ€œI just stopped thinking so much, which is better in every sport,โ€ Rodionova said on how she bounced back from losing the opening set.

โ€œIโ€™m pretty happy. I just relaxed and was going for it and things were going my way in the second and then I got on a bit of roll in the third.โ€

It is Rodionovaโ€™s fourth top-100 win of the season (and her second this week). This equals the most she has ever recorded in a single calendar year.

This propels the world No.101 into her second career WTA singles quarterfinal โ€“ and her first since July 2017.

โ€œIโ€™m excited,โ€ Rodionova said about her upcoming quarterfinal showdown with the second seed and defending champion Zhu Lin.

โ€œThe last couple of years, I havenโ€™t played and then I was coming back and just playing lower tournaments all over the world.

โ€œIโ€™m just happy to be here.โ€

Rodionova is now projected to break into the worldโ€™s top 100 in singles next week, making her the oldest player to achieve this feat.

She is also enjoying success in doubles this week alongside Chinaโ€™s Yuan Yue, progressing to her first WTA-level semifinal since April 2021.

โ€œIโ€™ve been playing singles one day, doubles the next so itโ€™s been okay,โ€ Rodionova said of managing the workload in Hua Hinโ€™s humid conditions.

โ€œTomorrow might be a bit tough as I have two matches, but itโ€™s a good problem to have. Iโ€™d rather that than that I was on my way to my next tournament, so Iโ€™ll take it.โ€

Rodionova is a former doubles champion at the tournament, scooping the 2020 title alongside Storm Hunter.

Aussies in action โ€“ Hua Hin

RESULTS
Womenโ€™s singles, second round
Arina Rodionova (AUS)ย d Bai Zhuoxuan (CHN) 3-6 6-1 6-0

COMING UP
Womenโ€™s singles, quarterfinals
Arina Rodionova (AUS)ย v [2] Zhu Lin (CHN)

Womenโ€™s doubles, semifinals
Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Yuan Yue (CHN) v [1] Miyu Kato (JPN)/Aldila Sutjiadi (INA)

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