Sakkari ousts Venus Williams to reach San Jose semis

04 Août, 2018, 18:20 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion

The first set saw the two players exchange breaks before the Belgian took the tie-break and Konta lost her first two service games in the second set as Mertens wrapped up victory in an hour and 35 minutes.

Maria Sakkari, of Greece, celebrates after winning a point against Venus Williams, of the United States, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. The American, who won this title in 2000 and 2002 when it was played at Stanford University, had 43 unforced errors throughout the tilt.

Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.

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Fourth-seeded Elise Mertens ended the giant-killing run of Konta to set up the other semi-final clash with fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Mertens broke Konta at love when she served for the opening set, and saved two set points before forcing the tiebreaker.

Mertens reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, but she and Romania's Buzarnescu will both be battling to reach a first premier level final.

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