Sakkari completes incredible comeback victory over Svitolina
Greece’s Maria Sakkari pulled off an incredible comeback in the San Jose quarterfinals, saving four match points to defeat Ukrainian world number seven Elina Svitolina 1/6, 7/6, 6/3.
In a battle between the seventh seed Sakkari and top seed Svitolina, it was a rematch from the encounter at Wimbledon last month, with Svitolina defeating Sakkari on that occasion 6/3, 6/7, 6/2. However, on this occasion Sakkari fought from behind to complete a remarkable victory. The Ukrainian was in control early in the matchup as she took the first set comfortably 1/6. The Greek found herself in trouble in the second set where she was trailing 2/5, before saving four match points and rallying from behind to take the match to a deciding set, winning the second set in a tie break, seven points to three.
Sakkari, a San Jose finalist in 2018, dropped her opening service game in the deciding set, but broke straight back and led for the remainder of the final set. The Greek won five of the last seven service games to record a memorable victory and advance to the semi-finals.
En route to her spot in the semi-finals, Sakkari defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova comfortably 6/1, 6/4 in the opening round, before coming from behind to beat Japan’s Mayo Hibi 4/6, 6/4, 6/2.
The top ranked Greek female will face China’s Saisai Zheng, who is currently ranked 55th in the world. The pair have faced off against each other twice with the head to head record being 1:1. Sakkari defeated Zheng in the first round in London 6/3, 6/2 in 2016, while Zheng overcame Sakkari two months later in the first round of qualifying in Cincinnati 6/4, 6/3.