Serena Williams shocked by Maria Sakkari at Western and Southern Open

Los Angeles/Bengaluru, August 26

Serena Williams was despatched spinning out of the Western and Southern Open by Maria Sakkari on Tuesday after the Greek rallied from a set right down to beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 5-7 7-6(5) 6-1 and attain the quarter-finals.

Williams, 38, raced to a 5-2 within the opening set earlier than Sakkari drew stage however the American raised her recreation once more to take the early benefit within the rain-delayed contest.

Williams trailed 3-1 within the second set earlier than reeling off 4 video games in a row and was serving for the match when issues started to crumble.

World quantity 21 Sakkari dragged the set to a tie-breaker earlier than levelling the competition at 1-1, then surged to a 5-Zero lead within the decider and accomplished the upset win on her eighth match level with a strong forehand.

Sakkari stated she didn’t play nicely however was delighted with the victory over the third seed.

“I knew it was going to be an ugly match from my side but I’m extremely happy with the result,” Sakkari stated.

“She’s a role model for me and many others. What she has achieved in our sport is unique and I don’t know if anyone else is going to do it again.” Sakkari subsequent faces Briton Johanna Konta, who bought previous Vera Zvonareva 6-Four 6-2.

Earlier, Naomi Osaka placed on a stable serving efficiency to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-Three 6-1 and advance to the quarter-finals the place she’s going to face Anett Kontaveit, who beat Marie Bouzkova 6-Three 6-3.

Osaka fired eight aces to zero for Yastremska and wanted simply over an hour to dispatch the 20-year-old Ukrainian.

“The serve is a really important part of my game and I just need to tune it up,” stated fourth seed Osaka, who was taking part in in simply her second WTA singles match because the Tour resumed.

“The percentage still wasn’t that high today so hopefully as I play more matches it’ll get better.” Former world primary Victoria Azarenka improved her document towards Alize Cornet to 7-Zero with a 6-Four 7-5 win to advance to the quarter-finals, the place the Belarusian will meet Ons Jabeur, who beat Christina McHale 6-Three 6-0.

The event, the ultimate tune-up earlier than the U.S. Open Grand Slam, is being performed at Flushing Meadows in New York as a substitute of Cincinnati as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Reuters

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