Dominant Sakkari reaches US Open semis

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Maria Sakkari has advanced to her second grand slam semi-final of the year by beating fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.

The 17th-seeded Sakkari had never made it past the fourth round in 20 appearances at major tournaments until getting to the final four at the French Open in June.

She's now equalled that showing and become the first Greek woman to make it this far at Flushing Meadows with a brilliant 6-4 6-4 victory over Pliskova.

Sakkari never faced a break point in the 81-minute performance on Arthur Ashe Stadium, hitting nearly twice as many winners, 23, as unforced errors, 12.

She was rock-solid with excellent serving and court coverage as Pliskova struggled to keep up.

Sakkari won 22 consecutive points she served in one stretch and required a lone break in each set against the biggest server in women's tennis.

"I'm impressed," Sakkari said with a smile during her on-court interview when she was informed of that serving streak.

"I trusted my serve, but now I'm going to trust it even more."

Sakkari eliminated 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the previous round.

The 26-year-old Sakkari will face 18-year-old qualifier Emma Raducanu of Britain on Thursday for a berth in the championship match.

Pliskova is a former No.1 and two-time major runner-up, including at Wimbledon in July.

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