Konta defeats Sakkari and will face Azarenka

The English beat the Greek Maria Sakkari in two sets (6-4 and 6-3). Previously, Azarenka won 7-6 (9) and 6-2, Tunisian Ons Jabeur.


English tennis player Johanna Konta reached the semifinals of the Premier 5 in Cincinnati by defeating the Greek Maria Sakkari, the fourteenth favorite, the executioner of the American Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Konta, 29, confirmed the recovery in his game after a slow start to his 2020 season, achieved his second semifinal of a Premier 5 and beat Sakkari in one hour and 32 minutes, in what was his third triumph in the four duels that both have had as professionals.

Konta won two of his three encounters with Sakkari in 2019, including his most recent match at Nature Valley International in Eastbourne, and had not lost a set en route to the quarterfinals, his first since the Open GNP Seguros in Monterrey. .

A close first set was reduced to a break of service, which the British tennis player eventually converted in the third game and which she maintained without much resistance on serve.

The second set began with a marathon game with Sakkari's serve, and while the 25-year-old saved two break points early on, she was unable to save a third as Konta went ahead 5-3 and secured the win and pass. to the semifinal with his serve.

Konta's next rival is former world number one, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. Konta and Azarenka have met three times with a 2-1 advantage for the British, who achieved the second victory in the second round of the Coupe Rogers 2018, in two straight sets of 6-3 and 6-1.

Azarenka ended Jabeur's streak

Belorussian Victoria Azarenka beat Tunisian Ons Jabeur 7-6 (9) 6-2 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Premier 5 in Cincinnati and made it to the semifinals. Azarenka, who was champion in 2013, reaches the semifinals without having lost a set.

The first match between the two confirmed the resurgence of Azarenka, who did not do her best tennis in the first set, when Jabeur, the pioneer of Tunisian women's tennis, had the opportunity to have won it. But in the end, the experience and the service of Azarenka, two-time Grand Slam champion, was what made the difference by scoring the decisive goals, to dominate completely in the second and in an hour and 42 minutes to ensure the victory.

Azarenka, who arrived in Flushing Meadows, where the Cincinnati tournament is being held this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, had missed the first three months of the season for personal reasons and the next five as a result of COVID-19. His only tournaments of the season in Monterrey and Lexington ended in losses in the first round, and Azarenka had not won a game since Cincinnati 2019.

Azarenka ended that slump in style, surprising the 15th seed of Croatia, Donna Vekic in straight sets in her first match of the Cincinnati Premier 5, and then edged out France's Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet in her first semifinal of the WTA since April 2019.

Results of the day.

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