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Linz Open: Martic upsets top seed Sakkari to set up final against Potapova
The Croat will face Russian Anastasia Potapova, the No 8 seed, for the title
Croatia’s Petra Martic, the No 6 seed, moved into the final of the Linz Open by edging out Greek Maria Sakkari, the top seed, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Design Center Linz on Saturday evening.
Martic, ranked No 34, will face Russian Anastasia Potapova, the No 8 seed, next. Potapova had defeated Czech Marketa Vondrousova: 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the first semi-final of the day.
The Croat won against Spanish qualifier Marina Bassols Ribera (6-1, 7-5), Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)) and Dane lucky loser Clara Tauson (6-4, 7-5) in the previous rounds of the Linz tournament.
Earlier in the tournament, Sakkari, ranked No 7, beat Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz (6-1, 7-6 (6)), Russian lucky loser Varvara Gracheva (6-4, 6-2) and Croat Donna Vekic, the No 5 seed (6-3, 7-6 (8)).