Maria Sakkari has become the first Greek player into the semi finals of the US Open after she defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4 this morning.
The game ended in less than 1.5 hrs.
The 26-year-old never faced a break point and won all but eight of the 49 points on her serve. That includes a remarkable 24 of 26 first-serve points won, a torrid 92% clip.
“I trusted my serve, but now I’m going to trust it even more,” Sakkari said in a post match interview.
After having never made it past the fourth round in 20 appearances at major tournaments, Sakkari reached the French Open semis in June and has matched that showing in Queens.
Sakkari now advances to a showdown with British qualifier, Emma Raducanu, tomorrow night for a place in Saturday’s US Open women’s singles final.