The highly-anticipated semifinal clash between Grand Slam champions, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka will not be as both women failed to progress to the last four in San Jose.
Third seed Venus Williams was stunned by Maria Sakkari in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San José on Saturday.
The American had led the unseeded Greek 3-0 in the first set and 5-3 in the second set, but managed to lose composure in both sets as Sakkari capitalized to claim a 6-4, 7-6(2) victory, dumping the great American out and reaching the semifinals of the WTA Premier event.
Maria Sakkari, who’s ranked 50th in the world, will play Williams’ compatriot, Danielle Collins for a place in the final.
Danielle Collins was a set down to Victoria Azarenka, but led 3-0 in the second set before Azarenka retired due to a back injury one that left her reduced to tears. Collins, however advanced 6-7, 3-0.
Victoria Azarenka is forced to retire.
Danielle Collins advances 6-7(4), 3-0 ret. to the @MubadalaSVC semifinals.
— WTA (@WTA) August 4, 2018
In the other quarterfinal matches, fifth-seeded Mihaela Burzanescu of Romania secured a semifinal berth by beating Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 7-5 and will face fourth seed Elise Martens in the last four.
Mertens saved two set points in the opening set, forced a tiebreak and won four straight games in the second set for a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Johanna Konta to reach her fifth WTA semifinal of the year.