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WTA roundup: Elise Mertens makes San Jose semis

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Top-seeded Elise Mertens saved two set points in the second-set tiebreaker and advanced to the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over eighth-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on Friday in San Jose, Calif.

Mertens, a 25-year-old Belgium native, is back on track this week after losing to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round of the Olympic tennis competition.

Putintseva had chances to level the match at 7-6 and 8-7 in the tiebreaker, the first of those two points on her serve, but was unsuccessful each time.

In the semifinals, Mertens will oppose fourth-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina, who topped Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Croatia’s Ana Konjuh claimed a spot in the other semifinal, rallying past China’s Shuai Zhang 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. Konjuh next will oppose seventh-seeded Danielle Collins of the United States, who edged second-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in the last quarterfinal match.

Winners Open

Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian woman to reach the semifinal of a WTA event by defeating eighth-seeded Kristina Kucova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Sherif needed just an hour and seven minutes to finish off Kucova, winning 26 of 32 first-serve points and converting all four of her break-point opportunities. Sherif, who opened the tournament by stunning No. 1 seed Alize Cornet of France in straight sets, will face Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in the semis.

The last Romanian standing in her home country’s event, Buzarnescu topped Czech foe Kristyna Pliskova 7-5, 6-3 on Friday.

Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia cruised past Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-0, to reach the final four. She will face either No. 2 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany or Australia’s Seone Mendez in the next round; their quarterfinal match was suspended due to darkness with Petkovic leading the third set 5-1.

–Field Level Media

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