Tunisian Anas Jaber, ranked 13th in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Tournament of Montreal, one of the thousand tennis tournaments, halted her loss to American Jessica Pegula 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.
Before her farewell from the quarter-finals, Jaber achieved a good result in the third round, by defeating the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the second seed, in three sets.
Pegola had also defeated Jaber in their first encounter on her way to her first title at the 2018 Quebec Tournament.
Jaber was on her way to finalizing the match when she was serving and the result was 5-4 in the second set, before Pegula made a great comeback and decided the match in 88 minutes.
“I knew if I kept serving I would get my chances,” said Pegula, who has won all four of her matches this week in three sets. “Obviously she made some mistakes in the end. I got momentum and started playing better.”
Pegula will meet in the last square with Italian Camila Georgi, who defeated the young American, 15th seed Coco Gauff, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Georgi avenged her loss to Gave in the Italian Parma tournament this season.
Georgie, ranked 71 in the world, added Gauff to her list of victims this season, which includes the 12th Czech Petra Kvitova and the 16th Belgian Elise Mertens.
“I’ve been playing consistently this season,” said Georgi. “I’ve been through a lot of tournaments without stopping or getting injured.”
The Belarusian full-fledged confrontation ended in favor of Arina Sabalenka, at the expense of former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-4.
Sabalenka deprived her compatriot of returning to the top ten in the world rankings, which she had been absent for five years before entering the world of motherhood.
Sabalenka needed 82 minutes to seal her victory, as she managed to hit seven aces to raise her season score to 265.
This is Sabalenka’s third win in four head-to-head matches between the two players, including the match they met last October in Ostrava.
The 32-year-old Azarenka reached the semi-finals of the Canadian tournament twice in 2010 and 2011, while the world’s third-ranked, Sabalenka, played her eighth match in the quarter-finals of this season, equal to the world’s number one Australian Ashleigh Barty.
“I’m really happy about this,” said Sabalenka. “It was a tough match. You played well.”
“The second set was tricky. I’m happy to make up for my delay (2-4) and then win.”
“A few balls made a big difference,” said Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion. “I had chances in the first set.”
She continued, “But she played better in the important moments, and I didn’t take my chances… Compared to the rest of the players, she is among the strongest hitters of the balls.”
Sabalenka will meet fourth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the next round, after the latter beat Spain’s Sara Soribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0.
Pliskova beat Sabalenka in three sets in their last meeting in the Wimbledon semi-finals last July.
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