Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2013) – After rain delayed play on Friday, No. 1 seed Julie Coin breezed through her matches on Saturday to reach the finals at the Childhelp Desert Classic being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.
The 30-year old Coin will take on unseeded Sachie Ishizu, who battled through a tough quarterfinal match before defeating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
After leading 6-3, 6-5 over Lisa Whybourn of Great Britain before rain halted play on Friday, Coin immediately won the first game on Saturday to move onto the semifinals. The Frenchwoman, who reached a career high singles ranking of No. 60 in 2009, then made short work of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, winning 6-2, 6-2 to reach the championship.
Meanwhile the 20-year-old Ishizu beat Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6(9), 3-6, 6-2 in a back-and-forth quarterfinal contest. In the semifinals, the Japanese player only had to play five games after Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway retired a...