Saturday's semifinals order - Potapova against Royg, Vondrousova against Alexandrova

First semifinalists to play on Sunday are just 16-years old Russian Anastasia Potapova and Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay.

Anastasia Potapova from Russia played her quarterfinals match against Kateryna Kozlova on court 13, she has overwhelmed her opponent in straight sets 6:1, 6:2. It's her biggest success at the ITF women's circuit. „I played well today and I am really happy to be in my first big semifinal of my life. Every player here plays very well, it's for me huge experience and great feeling as well,“ said 16-years old Russian who had a bye in the second round when her opponent Rodina withdrew. „It was a kind of surprise actually for me and it helped me a lot, I could rest. I will have some practice and food now and I really look forward to the Saturday's semifinals match,“ added Potapova.
Veronica Cepede Royg defeted in the second quarterfinal of the day Japanese Nara 7:5, 6:4

Vondrousova defeated number 1 of the tournament

Next young junior player, 17-years old Czech Marketa Vondrousova in just 66 minutes overwhelmed number 1 seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in straight sets 6:2, 6:2.
„Lot of games were equal, so it was not that easy as the result may sound. It was a difficult match and I am glad I won it,“  said  Vondroušová, who can get into WTA Top 100 in singles if she wins in Trnava.
„I am going into each rubber with my own game. Every single match here is difficult and I try to play responsibly but it would be fine to get to TOP 100,“ added Vondroušová.

She will face in the semifinals in the second match of the day number 3 seed Russian Jekaterina Alexandrova. First semifinals match at 13:00 features Russian Anastasia Potapova and Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay.
Last match of the day is a doubles final between Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Renata Voracova (CZE) against Naomi Broady / Heather Watson from GBR.

EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017: QF, interview, Anastasia POTAPOVA (RUS) - Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) 6-1 6-2

EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017: QF, interview, Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) – Kurumi NARA (JPN) 7-5 6-4

EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017: QF, interview, Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE) – Yanina WICKMAYER (BEL) 6-2 6-2

Jekatěrina Alexandrovová po výhře ve čtvrtfinále na EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017

Photos by: 
Ivan Kopčáni,