6-4 double for the Greek today challenging Radokano, in Sabalenka’s other match against 19-year-old Fernandez.
The latest US Open semi-finalist is Greece’s Maria Sakkari, who beat Czech Karolina Pliskova, seeded 4 on the scoreboard, by a 6-4 double. For Greece, in their first-ever semi-final appearance at a women’s Grand Slam, they were very satisfied with the elimination of Stefanos Tsitsipas, on the eve of the tournament as one of the top favorites.
What impressed me was Al Saqari’s flawless demeanor, always pushing, always very focused and present at every turn of the challenge. The Greek performed extremely well (she lost only two points on the first serve and eight points in total at bat in the entire match), conceding no break point and two breaks (one per set) were enough to tame an opponent. And not too pungent. The only moment the match could turn was when Scary was preparing to serve in the match: 6-4 5-4 led 40-15, Greek fell twice, got 40 points, but on match point three he finished the competition after an hour and 21 minutes without any other defects. As proof of this, it was 5 games in a row, between the end of the first set and the beginning of the second set, in which the Greek won by 22 consecutive points at bat. Another important statistic was the balance between winners and free errors: plus 10 for the Greek (22 winners and 12 free), minus 6 for the Czech (14 winning hits and 20 unintentional fouls).
Today is the day dedicated to the women’s singles semi-finals: at exactly one o’clock at night, the challenge between Canadian Lila Fernandez and Belarusian Arina Sabalenka, followed by Britain’s Emma Radokano against Greece’s Maria Sakkari.
September 9 – 08:38
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