Maria Sakkari (No.17) will play her second Grand Slam semi-final of the year on Thursday at the US Open.

The Greek, who will meet Britain’s Emma Raducanu (WTA 150) for a place in the final, dominated Karolina Pliskova (no 4) 6-4 6-4 in the last quarter-final.

More solid, more aggressive (22 winning shots against 14) and less prone to direct errors (12 against 19), Maria Sakkari did not give the Czech hope. She finds the last four of a Major four months after missing a match point against the future champion Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros.

Impressive on her commitment, the Greek also won at one point 22 points in a row on her serve: the last 20 she had to negotiate in the first round, and the first 2 in the second round. ‘I have confidence in my service. But now I’m going to trust him even more, ‘she smiled.

Victorious in 1h22 ‘, Maria Sakkari also saved herself well after her marathon match of 3h30’ against Bianca Andreescu in the round of 16. She has barely 24 hours to recover and prepare for her semi-final scheduled for Thursday night against Britain’s Emma Raducanu, who sidelined Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinal.



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