Friday, September 30, 2011

Young reaches semifinals at Thailand Open, faces Monfils next

Young reaches semifinals at Thailand Open, faces Monfils next

Donald Young defeated Go Soeda 6-1, 6-2 to advance tot he semifinals at the Thailand Open 2011.

“I hope to go further. Every time you make it into a stage, the second time you hope to go further,” Young said. “When you win a tournament you want to repeat.”

“It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests,” said Young. “I had to play well and figure out his game a little bit. I’m happy to move on to the semis, definitely. I like playing here and this year I’m coming with more confidence than I’ve had previously.”

Young will next play against Gael Monfils, who defeated Jarkko Nieminem 7-5, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.

“He gets a lot of balls back,” Young said. “He’s in the top 10. He beat me pretty bad the last we played. Whoever I play, it’s going to be a tough match for me.”

Monfils is still recovering from a knee injury but he held on in both sets to advance.

“I still had a small pain on the knee and I have to ice it, put a bit more protection,” Monfils said.