Navarro upsets Sakkari to reach San Diego semi-finals


Qualifier Emma Navarro has upset third seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-4 0-6 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the semi-finals of the WTA Tour's San Diego Open.

Thursday's victory was world No.61 Navarro's first win over a top-10 opponent, with Sakkari's loss meaning the top three seeds have all made early exits after No.2 Caroline Garcia fell 6-2 6-3 to Danielle Collins.

Top-ranked Ons Jabeur bowed out of the tournament on Wednesday when she lost in straight sets to Russia's Anastasia Potapova.

Fourth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, a wild-card entrant, beat Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-4 6-3 to move into the semi-finals.

"It's very difficult to play her and it's more difficult because we play doubles together and I really like her," said Krejcikova, who is ranked No.13 in the world.

The right-hander, who has struggled with injuries and health concerns in recent years after winning the French Open in 2021, said she was grateful to be getting her career back on track.

"I'm enjoying tennis and having fun," Krejcikova said.

"It's tennis, it's a game - the most important thing is that I'm healthy."

Krejcikova will face the unseeded Collins in the last-four.

"My game sometimes goes up and down, but I was really making my shots today," Collins said.

"I was in a good head space the whole match."

American Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion who received a wild-card entry into the San Diego Open, scored a 6-2 6-3 win over Potapova to ensure there are three Americans competing for a place in Sunday's final.

"I love playing here," Kenin said. "I feel like it's my lucky court."

Kenin, currently ranked 93rd in the world, will face Navarro in the other semi-final.