Sakkari stuns Venus in quarters

- AFP, LOS ANGELES

Aug 5, 2018-

Greece’s Maria Sakkari delivered one of the biggest upsets of her career at the WTA San Jose tournament on Friday, ousting former seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in a straight sets shocker.

The 23-year-old Sakkari saved two set points in the second set en route to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) victory over the former world No 1, punching her ticket to the semi-finals where she will face another unseeded player, Danielle Collins. World No 49 Sakkari needed one hour and 43 minutes to dispatch Williams as she has rolled through her first three matches at this event without dropping a set.

Sakkari converted six of her eight break points in the match, and hammered 21 winners, three more than the 38-year-old Williams. Williams, who has won this event twice in 2000 and 2002, made a whopping 43 unforced errors. Venus’ defeat follows the shocking upset three days ago of her sister Serena, who suffered the most lopsided loss of her career, 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta in thee first round. American Collins moved into the semi-finals after her opponent, former World No 1 Victoria Azarenka, retired midway through the second set due to a back injury. Fourth-seeded Elise Mertens ended the giant-killing run of Konta to set up the other semi-final clash with fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu. Belgium’s Mertens emerged from a tight match with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory over Konta.

Published: 05-08-2018 08:30

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