Sakkari saves four MPs, stuns Svitolina in San Jose
Maria Sakkari produced an incredible comeback to upset Elina Svitolina at the Silicon Valley Classic.
Elina Svitolina was stunned by a Maria Sakkari comeback in the Silicon Valley Classic quarter-finals, while Aryna Sabalenka moved through on Friday.
Sakkari upset top seed Svitolina 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 at the WTA Premier event, saving four match points in San Jose.
The Greek seventh seed was trailing 5-2 in the second set before rallying for an incredible victory.
Sakkari will next face Zheng Saisai, who upset 17-year-old fourth seed Amanda Anisimova 5-7 7-5 6-4.
She saves three match points to upset Svitolina, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-3! pic.twitter.com/kmiSI2PDPp
— WTA (@WTA) August 2, 2019
Zheng converted nine of 11 break points, including three from three in the final set, to battle through in two hours, 52 minutes.
.@Zheng_Saisai completes the upset!
— WTA (@WTA) August 3, 2019
Sabalenka and Donna Vekic, the second and fifth seeds respectively, moved into a semi-final clash.
While Vekic was too strong for qualifier Kristie Ahn 7-5 6-0, Sabalenka edged sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro 3-6 6-2 6-4.