Greece’s Maria Sakkari reached the semifinals of the second Grand Slam French Open of the year by defeating defending champion and eighth seed Iga Switek of Poland 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. In the semifinals, Sakkari will face Barbara Krejkova, the unbeaten Czech Republic, who defeated No. 24 seed Koko Gough 7-6 (8-6), 6-3. It’s the last four.
With this win, Sakkari stopped Switech’s 11-game winning streak at Roland Garros. Their victory will be the first time Grand Slam champions are new to the French Open and will see the two first-time players in the final. Sukkari is now just two wins away from winning Greece’s first women’s Grand Slam title. The winning trophy may rank in the top 10 in the ranking. Two days ago, Sakkari became Greece’s first singles Grand Slam singles quarter finalist when she defeated world number five Sofia Kenin.
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In the quarterfinals, Sugar eliminated Switec in one hour and 35 minutes, knocking out last year’s finalists from one tournament to another. In Thursday’s semifinal, World No. 33 Krejkova, who defeated American Coco Gough in consecutive sets in the first quarter-final of the day, will face off. Krejikova has won both of her previous matches against Sakkari, including her win in Dubai this year.
Krejkova won the first set after saving five set points. Krejkova led 5-0 in the second set but Krzyszkova saved six match points to win the semifinals if Gough tried to make a comeback. Put 25 winners and make 41 unforgivable mistakes.
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