NEW YORK – Maria Sakkari was misplaced for phrases after breaking down Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-4 on Arthur Ashe Stadium to succeed in the semi-final of the US Open. The Greek was rock-solid with wonderful court docket protection by way of the primary set, getting the early break as she put up a dozen winners and three aces.
The seventeenth seed stored up her assault within the second set, changing on break level within the seventh sport as 2016 runner-up Pliskova did not match her depth. Pliskova, runner-up at Wimbledon this yr, dedicated three double faults and 20 unforced errors within the match earlier than Sakkari wrapped issues up in a single hour and 22 minutes. “I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” an elated Sakkari stated.
The Greek had proven no indicators of fatigue regardless of coming by way of a 3 hour, 30 minute fourth-round battle with former champion Bianca Andreescu which wrapped up on Tuesday at 2:13 a.m. in New York, the newest end to a girls’s singles match on the hardcourt main. She’s going to want all her vitality in her semi-final towards British teen Emma Raducanu, who has not dropped a set since arriving at Flushing Meadows as a qualifier. “Emma — she’s had an amazing run,” stated Sakkari. “However I belief myself, I belief my sport.”
In the meantime, Novak Djokovic moved inside two matches of finishing the primary males’s singles calendar-year Grand Slam in 52 years, rallying to defeat Italian Matteo Berrettini in a US Open quarter-final. High-ranked Djokovic stretched his Grand Slam win streak to 26 matches by eliminating sixth seed Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a rematch of July’s Wimbledon closing.
Djokovic is attempting to grow to be the primary man to win all 4 main titles in the identical yr since Rod Laver in 1969. The 34-year-old Serbian superior to a Friday semi-final towards Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, who reached his fourth profession Slam semi-final by eliminating South Africa’s Forty sixth-ranked Lloyd Harris 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4. Zverev defeated Djokovic within the Olympic semi-finals however trails their general rivalry 6-3.