Maria Sakkari qualified for the semi-finals of the Masters, Ons Jabeur pulls himself together

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Maria Sakkari qualified for the semi-finals of the Masters, Ons Jabeur pulls himself together

Greece’s Maria Sakkari got rid of Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka on Wednesday (6-2, 6-4). But this second success in a row did not yet guarantee her first place in the Nancy Richey group.

Sakkari was intractable in the first round, faster, more precise, sharper and rewarded with his victory after two successful breaks. The Greek quickly broke away to lead 3-0, but fell after her right shoe was planted on the ground, following a forehand.

Without damage in the end, but her rival took the opportunity to get back in the direction of travel, aligning four games in a row. After coming to his senses, Sakkari tightened his game to rebreak and win in 1h39 of play.

Earlier, Ons Jabeur completely missed her start against Jessica Pegula, before winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Finalist at Wimbledon then at the US Open this season, the world number 2 was able to pull herself together, after his defeat on Monday against Sabalenka, despite having been two points away from winning. This time, it was she who had to reverse the situation, because Pegula won the first set, aligning six games in a row after losing the first, converting his three break points.

Jabeur reacted early in the second set by grabbing the American’s serve to lead 2-1, before immediately giving up on a shutout. A new slump which however did not last forever, the Tunisian finding the resources to break twice in a row and equalize at one set everywhere.

The start of the third set was close, with Pegula missing five break points. More solid and pressing, Jabeur managed to seize the service of the American, to lead 5-3 and then conclude after 1h41 of play.

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