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Maria Sakkari through to WTA semifinals, Stefanos Tsitsipas loses opening ATP Finals match

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Maria Sakkari has secured her spot in the semifinals of the WTA in Mexico, while Stefanos Tsitsipas lost out in his opening match at the ATP Finals in Italy.

No. 4 seed Sakkari defeated top seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (8-6), 6-3 on Tuesday in the longest match of the tournament so far. 

“It was a rollercoaster match from both of us,” said Sakkari, who had lost in her four previous meetings with the Belarusian.

“I was up a break, then she was up a break. It was just a matter of who took the chances. I think at the end I just played with my heart and fought well, just turned things around.”

Up north, Tsitsipas lost 6-4 6-4 against Russian Andrey Rublev on Monday in his third appearance at the tournament.

The world no. 4 has promised to turn things around and qualify for the semifinals.

“Despite the loss, I feel I will get more chances. I want to step it up and play better tennis next time,” Tsitsipas said after the match.

Source: Canberra Times, Reuters

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