Sixth seed Ons Jabeur ousted the top-seeded Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic on Friday. The Tunisian won 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes. Despite the score-sheet reading straight sets in Jabeur’s favour, the match was anything but easy for the victor, especially the first set.
In the opening set, Svitolina led 4-1 and was on the verge of taking a 5-1 lead before Jabeur turned the match around. She broke back the Ukrainian to level the match at four-all and then secured one last break before eventually serving the set out in the 10th game.
The second set was relatively easier as Jabeur used the momentum of having won the first set to her advantage even as Svitolina struggled on the other side of the match. This was the first time that Jabeur had won a match against Svitolina.
Going into the match, it was Svitolina who boasted a 3-0 win-to-loss record against the world no. 16.
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In the semi-finals, Jabeur will play fifth seed Elena Rybakina.
The Kazakh advanced after her quarter-final opponent, third seed Belinda Bencic was forced to retire mid-match after hurting her right knee. At the time of the Swiss’ call, Rybakina was leading 6-4, 3-1 in the match. In the bottom half of the draw, Marketa Vondrousova notched an upset over 10th seed Danielle Collins.
The Czech won 6-7(4), 6-0, 7-6(3) in two hours and 32 minutes, thwarting the American’s attempt to serve out the match in the 12th game of the deciding set. Vondrousova hit 26 winners while Collins had 33. However, Collins had 36 unforced errors to Vondrousova’s 17 and this significantly accounted for her loss.
Vondrousova will take on second seed Garbine Muguruza in the second semi-final at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic. The Spaniard stopped the run of Japan’s Mai Hontama in their last-eight match, winning 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes.