Mertens, Kasatkina to clash in WTA San Jose semi-finals

Seventh seed Danielle Collins will take on qualifier Ana Konjuh in the second semi-final at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

Caption: Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 1 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Elise Mertens of Belgium in action

Top seed Elise Mertens and fourth seed Daria Kasatkina will clash in the first semi-final of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose on Saturday, while seventh seed Danielle Collins will take on qualifier Ana Konjuh in the other semi-final.

Mertens, from Belgium, scored a tough straight-sets win over eighth seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 7-6(8) while Kasatkina needed three sets to beat Poland’s Magda Linette, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Ranked No. 10 in the world in 2018, Kasatkina has been enjoying a resurgence this year. The Russian has won two titles this year – the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne and at the St. Petersburg Ladies Open and also reached the final in Birmingham on grass.

Collins upsets second seed Rybakina

Meanwhile, seventh seeded Collins upset the No. 2 seed Elena Rybakina in two tie-breaks 7-6, 7-6 to advance to the last four. There she will meet the 23-year-old Konjuh, who scored a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over Zhang Shuai.

Konjuh, who peaked at No 20 in the rankings in 2017 before injuries derailed her career, will return to the top 100 next week after her run this week for the first time in three years.

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