Buzarnescu claims first WTA singles title

  • Buzarnescu claims first WTA singles title

Buzarnescu claims first WTA singles title

Konta was unable to recreate the magic, however, instead squandering a 5-2 lead in the opening set against the Belgian before bowing out meekly.

American Danielle Collins also moved into the semis when former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka retired injured early in the second set after claiming the first in a tiebreaker.

Maria Sakkari sprung a surprise on Friday to end Venus Williams' hopes of reaching a ninth final at the Silicon Valley Classic. Collins held on to extend her stay in the set, but Sakkari broke at the next time of asking to complete the turnaround and send them into a deciding set.

Fourth-seeded Elise Mertens ended the giant-killing run of Konta to set up the other semi-final clash with fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu.

World No.49 Sakkari needed one hour and 43 minutes to dispatch Williams as she has rolled through her first three matches at this event without dropping a set.

The 2013 runner-up rallied from a set down to defeat second seed Sloane Stephens on Thursday, and continued her momentum at the Washington DC event.

The Romanian climbs to a provisional 21st in the WTA rankings with Saturday's result but knows she is merely one win away from a place in the top 20, a dream since her childhood.

"I'm so pleased and happy to be in the final, the third final of my career", Buzarnescu told reporters.

Svetlana Kuznetsova had taken the first set against Yulia Putintseva and Donna Vekic was leading Magda Linette 3-0 in the opening set of their encounter when rain interrupted play.

The 30-year-old will next face the victor of the match between eighth seed Yulia Putintseva and Svetlana Kuznetsova.