Aryna Sabalenka won the quarter-final derby against fellow Belarusian, Victoria Azarenka at the National Bank Open on Friday. The top seed powered through 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 19 minutes to reach the semi-finals in Montreal.
Sabalenka hit 33 winners while Azarenka had just about a fourth of that number at eight. Sabalenka’s relentless game also helped her make a comeback from a break down in the second set to wrap up the match in straight sets.
In the press conference following her win, Sabalenka shared, “I'm really happy with this, it was a tough match. (Azarenka) played really well. The second set was a little tricky. I'm really happy that I came back in the end of the set and won it actually”.
She also added, “I knew that even if I am down with the score, I still can come back in the match. These kind of thoughts help me to be a little bit more free on the court”.
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In the semi-final, Sabalenka will take on Karolina Pliskova.
The fourth seed defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo in their quarter-final, 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 20 minutes. The bottom half of the draw in the Canadian event features two non-seeded and first-time semi-finalists. Italian Camila Giorgi posted her third straight upset of the tournament, against 15th seed Coco Gauff, to reach her first semi-final at a WTA 1000 event.
Giorgi won 6-4, 7-6(2) in an hour and 39 minutes. In her post-match press conference, Giorgi said, “I think it was a great match. I think I was very consistent. It was a great level, I think”. For a spot in the final of the National Bank Open, Giorgi will take on Jessica Pegula.
The American came from a set down to oust 13th seed Ons Jabeur in their quarter-final. After an hour and 28 minutes of play, Pegula claimed a 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 victory against the Tunisian.