Sakkari disappoints

Seeded n°1 in Nottingham, Maria Sakkari was eliminated in the quarter-finals by the Brazilian Haddad Maia. Also elimination of the seeded n°4, Shuai Zhang. On the other hand, Alison Riske will see the semi-finals well.

Eliminated in the second round of Roland-Garros, Maria Sakkari hoped to recover this week in Nottingham for her debut on the season, but the world No. 5 did not go very far. The Greek, seeded n°1, lost in the quarter-finals against the 48th player in the world, Beatriz Haddad Maia: 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in 2h27. Faced with this player who had already beaten her in Miami three months ago, Sakkari was irregular in service (9 aces, 5 double faults, 60% of first serves) and the Brazilian took advantage of it. She won the first set by breaking at 3-2 and 5-4 (Sakkari had broken at 5-3), then lost the second by giving up her face-off at 3-3. Everything was decided in the third set, where the Greek, after saving three balls from 2-0, ended up cracking at 4-3. When she was serving for the match, Haddad Maia saved two break points and ended up winning this great victory, which will allow her to reach her best ranking on Monday. In the semi-final, the very first of her career, she will be opposed to Tereza Martincova, who also eliminated a seed, in the person of Shuai Zhang (n°4). The Czech won 6-3, 6-2 in 1h12 by serving 71% of first serves and saving the only break point that the Chinese got. She took the opposing serve at 1-1 and 5-3 in the first set and at 3-2 and 5-2 in the second to win. There will therefore be an unseeded player in the final on Sunday on English grass.

Riske in semis

At the bottom of the table, Alison Riske, seeded n°6, held her rank by beating Harriet Dart 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 after a 2h25 fight. The American, who notably committed seven double faults and gave up her serve three times, lost the first set when she led it 4-2. Then in a second set very rich in breaks, Riske won by accelerating at the end, with three games in a row won. In the last round, Dart (114th in the world) finally let go, winning the first game before losing the next six. Alison Riske will face Australian Tomljanovic or Swiss Golubic for a place in the final.

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