Donna Vekić got upset in San Diego

October 14, 2022;  San Diego, California, USA;  Donna Vekic of Croatia reacts to her win against Arya Sabalenka during the San Diego Open at the Barnes Tennis Center.  Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports

Donna Vekic of Croatia dominated the third set over second-seeded Aryna Sabalenko of Belarus to win a quarterfinal match at the San Diego Open on Friday, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Vekic missed an opportunity to end the match in the second set tiebreak when she lost her serve on consecutive points to fall behind 6-5, before Sabalenka won on set point.

However, Vekić took the lead after that, breaking Sabalenka twice in the third set.

Vekic will next face the winner of the match between second seed Paula Badosa of Spain and Danielle Collins of the USA later on Friday

The tournament’s top seed, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek from Poland, needed just over an hour to finish Coco Gauff from the USA 6-0, 6-3.

Swiatek will next play against fourth seed Jessica Pegula of the USA, who beat compatriot Madison Keys 6-4, 7-5.

Transylvania Open

Second-seeded Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine won her first set against Anna Blinkova of Russia but crumbled after that, losing to 138th-ranked Blinkova 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Blinkova rejected five aces from Kalinin, and the Russian dominated in first service points won, 70 percent to 59 percent, and break points saved, 75 percent to 54 percent.

Kalinina took the tiebreak in the first set on the third set point, but then broke her serve three times in the second set and once more in the third.

Blinkova advances to a match against fourth seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia, who defeated eighth seed Anna Bodnar of Hungary 7-7, 3-6, 6-1.

In the other semi-final, Xiyu Wang of China, the seventh seed, will meet Jasmina Paolini of Italy.

Wang defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (5), and Paolini also won in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, over Jule Niemeier of Germany.

– Media in the field

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