Sakkari is a top ten winner of Sabalenka slugfest to win WTA Finals despite winning the Finals

Sakkari is a top ten winner of Sabalenka slugfest to win WTA Finals despite winning the Finals ...

On Monday, Maria Sakkari won a rollercoaster match against Aryna Sabalenka, 7-6 (1) 6-7(6) 6-3, and on Monday moved to the semi-finals of the WTA Finals, where the in-form Greek will meet Red-hot Estonian Anett Kontaveit.

Yamakura, which was battling between the two of the biggest game's hitters, fought back from a break down and broke three aces in the first set tiebreaker to take the lead early in the win-or-go home group match.

Sabalenka scored a goal in a wild second set to return to Guadalajara, unleashing a punishing backhand winner to convert her fourth set point and hit the Guadalajaran crowd.

Sakkari's fitness helped to make the decision in deciding and pumped her arms before a worn down Sabalenka shot shot down on the international soccer show.

In her four previous meetings, Sakkari lost on a roller coaster.

"I made my heart open and fought well and turned things around."

The the olympic champion's temper deteriorated a few times during the marathon match, mostly because she issuing one of her three double faults.

When video replay overturned the call that her serve was out, she clapped the chair's head and roared a loud ovation.

In the morning, Polish-born Iga Swiatek defeated Paula Badosa's birthday girl with 7-5 6-4.

With the final final on Saturday, the 24-year-old Badosa made the first major semifinal, where she will meet fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza for the first time, and Swiatek was defeated by both Sakkari and Sabalenka.

Open champion Swiatek has gone all the way, but with a forehand return winner, she still had a smile. After winning the French Open in 2020, she managed to finish Badosa's eight-match winning streak.

Swiatek said this was an excellent match from me, the 20-year-old said.

"I'm pretty happy that I got a chance to show my tennis finally... I really enjoyed on court today."

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