No.5 seed Maria Sakkari posted a solid win over Angelique whom she had never beaten at the Grampians Trophy on Saturday.
Reported by WTATennis.com
The Greek star erased a hefty first-set deficit to oust No.8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 6-2 and claim her first victory over the former World No.1 in their three meetings.
Kerber picked off four of the first five games of the match before Sakkari turned the tilt around, breaking the three-time Grand Slam champion five times en route to the 73-minute victory.
Both players relied on their backhands in the early stages of the opener but it was Kerber who came out on top in close games most often as she zipped ahead 4-1.
However, once Sakkari gritted through a close game to hold for 4-2, she grabbed the momentum with both hands, winning a whopping nine games in a row to move ahead 6-4, 4-0.
Sakkari never let up and finished off the match with a forehand crosscourt winner — her 26th winner of the day.
In a semifinal showdown, Sakkari will now face No.6 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who advanced to the final four after No.3 seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew from their scheduled quarterfinal clash due to a lower back injury.