The inspiration of the Greek Maria Sakkari ended the good streak of the Japanese Naomi Osaka, second favorite (6-0 and 6-4), to access the semifinals of the WTA 1000 in Miami.
The Japanese, winner this season of the Australian Open who conquered for the second time after achieving it in 2019 and that joined two other Grand Slam titles, both in the United States (2020 and 2018), accumulated 23 victories in a row.
Sakkari ended that impeccable career to reach his third semi-final this year after those of Abu Dhabi and Melbourne.
Tennis player Helena, who had lost to Osaka on three of the four occasions they had played, completed a flawless first set and an energetic second set.
In the first quarter she overwhelmed her rival and later, when the Japanese reacted and went 4-1 to reach the final set, Sakkari scored five consecutive games to win 6-4 and close the victory after 73 minutes.
The Greek tennis player, twenty-fifth in the world and with Rabat as the only success in his career, In 2019, he will play his first semifinal in Miami.