Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and second-seeded Elina Svitolina have been eradicated from the season-opening Abu Dhabi Open on Monday.
Kenin misplaced to ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari 2-6, 6-2, 6-Zero within the quarterfinals. Svitolina misplaced to unseeded Russian Veronika Kudermetova 5-7, 6-Three, 7-6 (Three).
Sakkari hit 9 aces and 23 winners, whereas Kenin had zero aces and solely eight winners. The loss was Kenin’s third in 14 profession quarterfinal matches.
“I used to be speeding somewhat bit an excessive amount of to start with of the match,” Sakkari mentioned. “I used to be hitting too large after I did not must, however I am glad that when once more I discovered a option to simply flip the match round.”
Sakkari will subsequent face fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, who received her 13th straight match by beating Elena Rybakina 6-Four, Four-6, 6-Three.
Sabalenka completed final season with titles on the Ostrava and Linz indoor tournaments and has began 2021 with 4 wins in Abu Dhabi. Sabalenka has received three of the 4 matches she has performed in opposition to Sakkari, all of them on arduous courts.
Svitolina twice got here again from a break down within the deciding set, together with when Kudermetova served for the match at 6-5, however trailed Three-Zero within the tiebreak and could not get well.
Kudermetova will subsequent play Marta Kostyuk within the semifinals with each gamers seeking to attain what can be their first profession tour remaining.
Kostyuk, an 18-year-old Ukrainian, misplaced the opening seven video games of her match in opposition to Sara Sorribes Tormo earlier than successful Zero-6, 6-1, 6-Four.