Sakkari eliminated Swiatek and there will be four debutant semifinalists at Roland Garros


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Sakkari eliminated Swiatek and there will be four debutant semifinalists at Roland Garros

Maria Sakkari (18th) gave the note in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros by eliminate the current champion Iga Swiatek (9th) by 6-4 and 6-4 in one hour and 35 minutes of play. With this result, the Greek advance to the semifinals of a Major for the first time in his career and joins Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32 °), Tamara Zidansek (85 °) and Barbora Krejcikova (33) as the other debutants in that instance.

The Polish N ° 9 in the world arrived at the meeting as a firm candidate with the incentive that she did not lose a single set at the French Open since she fell 6-1 and 6-0 against Romanian Simona Halep in the fourth round of the 2019 edition (he won 22 sets consecutively).

For its part, the N ° 18 of the ranking arrived at this instance after beating Katarina Zavatska, Jasmine Paolini, Elise Mertens and Sofia Kenin (runner-up in 2020).

The Greek commanded the actions from beginning to end: she was seen to be very firm with her service game, making very few unforced errors and with the power of her drive that punished her rival throughout the match. Finally, Sakkari sealed his pass to the next round after winning by a double 6-4.

A while before, the Czech Krejcikova had taken her own ticket to the next round after defeating the young Cori Gauff (25th) by 7-6 (6), and 6-3 in almost two hours of play.

It will be the second chance at a women’s Grand Slam, since the Open Era began in 1968, which will feature with four debuting players in the semifinals instance. The previous one was in the Australian Open 1978: On that occasion, the Australian Diane Evers, Chris O’Neil and Christine Matison, along with the American Betsy Negelsen had arrived in an unprecedented way in their respective careers. Finally, O’Neil lifted the title and it is, to this day, the last Australian woman to win the tournament in Melbourne.


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