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Perrin Battles into Governor’s Cup Semis

Switzerland’s Conny Perrin recovered from a second set blow-out to battle past French teenager, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo 6-4 1-6 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Governor’s Cup on Thursday afternoon.

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The 25-year-old is hoping to go a step further than she did last week, when she lost the final to doubles’ partner, Tadeja Majeric.

Perrin made a solid start against Andrianjafitrimo, breaking her opponent in the first game of the contest, and that proved to be the difference between the players as the Swiss closed out the set after 41 minutes.

Andrianjafitrimo had been shaky at the beginning, but she grew into the match as it wore on, looking the stronger player towards the end of the set.

There was a feeling of deja vu when the French teenager faced a break point in the first game of the second set, but she clung on to her serve to avert the danger.

Energized by that massive hold, the 18-year-old took the match by the scruff of the neck, showing the sort of form that fired her to the title last year as she raced through the set in impressive fashion.

Andrianjafitrimo carried that form into the decider, breaking at the first opportunity for the 1-0 lead, but she then ran into serious trouble on her serve as the set progressed.

Andrianjafitrimo gave up 10 break points in the final set, and while she saved the first eight, she finally faltered on the final two as the persistent Perrin broke back to even the scores at 4-4, before breaking again to take the a grueling contest after two hours and 17 minutes.

Next up for the Swiss is a semi-final against top seed, Valentini Grammatikopoulou, while Majeric plays Bulgaria’s Julia Terzikyska in Friday’s other last four tie.

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