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Tennis – Rock-solid Sakkari reaches U.S. Open semi-final

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September 9, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Maria Sakkari rolled through to the semi-final at the U.S. Open on Wednesday, breaking down Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-4 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Greek was rock-solid with excellent court coverage through the first set, getting the early break as she put up a dozen winners and three aces, as Pliskova struggled to keep up.

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The 17th seed kept up her assault, converting on break point in the seventh game of the second set and winning all but two of her first-serve points across the entire match as Pliskova stumbled into 20 unforced errors and three double faults.

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“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” she remarked after the match, with British teen phenom Emma Raducanu next up in the semi-final.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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