Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins – with the winner reaching her first WTA final.
“I think I played great tennis,” Sakkari exclaimed to the press after her victory. “My serve was not doing great, but I think my baseline game was very good. I never stopped fighting, believing I could win the match.”
World No.49 Sakkari has moved through her first three matches without dropping a set, picking up her biggest win of the week yet over Williams in the quarterfinals, emerging victorious in one hour and 43 minutes, and saving two set points in the second set in the process. It was Sakkari’s first win over Williams in their three meetings.
“I was ready for the match, compared to the last times I played against her — I was ready for a battle and ready to play against Venus Williams,” said Sakkari of her opponent, who she called a “legend.”
Sakkari Stunner! 😱@mariasakkari knocks out Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6(2).
— WTA (@WTA) August 4, 2018