WTA Italian Open quarter-final roundup: Ons Jabeur beats Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek sees off Andreescu

The reigning Madrid Open champion went a set down in the match but came back from what seemed like a dire situation to move on to the semis.

Ons Jabeur in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)

Tunisian tennis player and ninth seed Ons Jabeur emerged victorious in her quarter-final tie against fourth seed Maria Sakkari in what was an absolute blockbuster of a tennis match. The reigning Madrid Open champion went a set down in the match but came back from what seemed like a dire situation to move on to the semis. Jabeur will face the unseeded Daria Kasatkina who has had a fine time in Rome this season. She had a walkover win against Jil Teichmann after the Swiss withdrew due to an injury. Top seed and world no. 1 Iga Swiatek also made her way into the semis after a routine victory against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. Swiatek will go up against third seed Aryna Sabalenka who was victorious in her quarter-final match against Amanda Anisimova.

Jabeur ousts Sakkari

Maria Sakkari had taken a strong lead in her match against Ons Jabeur but the Tunisian was not one to lie down. After a heavy 6-1 defeat in the first set, Jabeur retaliated with a vengeance and won a tight second set. The third was rather comfortable for the Tunisian who had by then, found her rhythm. The score at the end of the match was 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in Jabeur’s favour. She scored two aces and six break points. The Tunisian also recorded a win percentage of 62% and 46% respectively on the first and second serves.

Injury costs Teichmann

Unseeded Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann had to retire from her quarter final match against Daria Kasatkina due to a left-thigh injury on Friday. The Swiss, who had been in great form in the competition, lost the first set to Kasatkina and was trailing in the second when she decided to withdraw. The score when the match was halted was 6-4, 3-2 in Kasatkina’s favour. The Russian will face a spirited Ons Jabuer in her semi-final tie.

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Iga Swiatek sees off spirited Andreescu

World no. 1 Iga Swiatek recorded a straight sets win over Bianca Andreescu to book her place in the semi-finals of the Italian Open. Andreescu fought well in the first set and took the match to a tie-break. However, it was not enough. The affair was a tight one but the Pole found a way to win. The second set was just pure dominance from the top seed as she did not let Andreescu win a single game. The score at the end of the match was 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 in Swiatek’s favour. The Pole smashed a couple of aces and won six out of six break points.

Sabalenka breezes past Anisimova

Amanda Anisimova was having a fine time in Rome but her momentum was halted by Aryna Sabalenka. Sabalenka recorded a comfortable victory over the American, although she had to do it from a set down. The score at the end of the tie was 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the third seed’s favour. Sabalenka scored one ace and seven break points, recording a win percentage of 61% and 56% on the first and second serves respectively.



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