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Sakkari edges Garcia to reach Doha semis
Maria Sakkari edged out Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) on Thursday evening. She’ll face American Jessica Pegula, the second seed, in the next round
Greek Maria Sakkari, the No 5 seed, edged out Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the No 3 seed, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on Thursday evening.
Sakkari, ranked No 7, will play American Jessica Pegula, the second seed, next.
The Greek overcame an 0-3 deficit in her head-to-head with Garcia to reach the semis at Doha for the second consecutive year. Sakkari improves to 11-3 on the season while Garcia falls to 11-4.
The semi-finals at Doha are set, and shape up as follows:
In the previous rounds of the Doha Open, the Greek won against Chinese Qinwen Zheng (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) and Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (6-3, 6-2).
Garcia, ranked No 5, edged out Czech Karolina Muchova (6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-4) in the previous round of the Doha Open.
Doha WTA 500, other last eight results (Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, hard, USD 780.637, most recent results first):
- Iga Swiatek vs. Belinda Bencic
- Jessica Pegula beat Beatriz Haddad Maia: 6-3, 6-2
- Veronika Kudermetova (8) beat Coco Gauff (4): 6-2, 3-6, 6-1