Sakkari ousts Venus Williams to reach San Jose semis

Heather Diaz
August 7, 2018

As Sakkari's confidence grew, so did Collins' unforced error count and the Greek player battled to set points at 5-4.

The Romanian climbs to a provisional 21st in the WTA rankings with Saturday's result but knows she is merely one win away from a place in the top 20, a dream since her childhood. Konta reached the third round of the week long tournament with a blowout match against Serena Williams, whom she defeated 6-1, 6-0 in only 51 minutes.

Williams won this event in 2000 and 2002, earning her eighth appearance in the decider as recently as 2016.

"I was ready for the match, compared to the last times I played against her".

American Danielle Collins also moved into the semis after former world number one Victoria Azarenka retired injured when trailing 3-0 in the second set after claiming the first in a tiebreaker.

Fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania secured the first semifinal spot by beating Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 7-5.

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In a rematch of the pair's Hobart International final in January, Buzarnescu stepped up a gear in the second set, and reeled off six games in a row in the third to take a 4-6 6-3 6-1 victory.

After dropping her serve in the opening game of the second, Mertens won four games in a row and would not trail again.

"Maybe people will look differently at me now, but I don't want to change anything - just think of the good moments, and play", said Buzarnescu, who lost in two finals this year.

Johanna Konta takes on fourth seed Elise Mertens in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic quarter-final.

"Even after the first set, I thought she could come back, so it was really not easy".

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