Ricardas Berankis and Quentin Halys, respectively top and second seed of Lille Play In Challenger, justified their ranking and both will be present in semi-final this Saturday.
Berankis in self-control
He is not the most spectacular nor the most demonstrative on the court, but Ricardas Berankis (ranked 87th) is very hard to destabilize during a match. During the two last previous rounds, his opponents managed to gain a set, but this time, the Lituanian did not make the suspense last a long time, and put an end to the fantastic adventure of Canadian Alexis Galarneau (ranked 353th), 6-4, 6-3, in a bit more than one hour. He will be faced this Saturday to Czech player Jonas Forejtek (ranked 327th), who upset Tunisian Malek Jaziri (ranked 347th), 7-6, 6-1.
A 100 % French semi-final
There will be at least one French player in final of the tournament. This is the main information of this Friday, which has seen Quentin Halys, second seed, knocked out last year winner Zizou Bergs in three sets (7-6, 3-6, 6-3). “Except the first set, we played well but not at the same time, one time him another time me, which gave a match a bit confused. I did not necessarily performed a good match“, admitted Quentin Halys. Native from Bondy is still however on a good trend: after his victory in Pau and his final in Turin, he will play his third semi-final in a raw in Challenger this year.
He will be opposed to Constant Lestienne (ranked 205th), who ousted the revelation of this 2022 edition, Arthur Fils (ranked 479th), coming from qualifyings: 6-3, 6-2. Native from Picardie, 100 % from physically point of view since his arrival in Lille, he hardly plays the perfect match and his opponent did not find the solution.
To be noted that double final will oppose the team Halys/Eysseric to Durasovic/Niklas-Salminen.