Maria Sakkari’s week so far has been more than perfect: three matches, three successes in two sets for the Greek who easily beat Ons Jabeur 6-2 6-3 on Friday evening to secure first place in the group. “Nancy Richey” at the WTA Masters.
By winning, Sakkari, world n°5, validated the qualification of Aryna Sabalenka (n°7), who had dominated the American Jessica Pegula a little earlier and whose fate depended on the result of Jabeur: the Tunisian had to win in two sets to pass her.
Facing Garcia or Kasatkina in the semis
The Belarusian must not have shaken much, as Sakkari dominated her subject – she quickly led 5-1 in the first set, she won 20 more points on the match (58 against 38), a considerable total -, conceding only once his face-off against four to Jabeur, who did not even win the majority of the points disputed on his own service.
Sakkari will face in the semi-finals the French Caroline Garcia or the Russian Daria Kasatkina, who will compete on Saturday evening for second place in the other group behind the world number one, Iga Swiatek, already certain to finish first in the “Tracy Austin” group. . The Polish will be opposed to Sabalenka in half.