Kudermetova upsets Jabeur to reach San Jose semi-finals

In a star-studded San Jose draw, one day after Naomi Osaka exited the tournament Ons Jabeur also bowed out.

Jabeur, the Wimbledon runner-up, lost to Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(5), 6-2 during quarter-final action on Friday afternoon. Kudermetova advanced at the San Jose State University Tennis Center after one hour and 41 minutes.

The Russian gave back a break early in the first set, but she had no trouble getting back on track in the tiebreaker. Kudermetova raced to a 5-2 lead, and although she saw her opponent get back on level terms at 5-5 she took the next two points to clinch it. With momentum in hand, the No 9 seed quickly seized leads of 3-0 and 5-1 in the second. After failing to serve out the match, she broke with one final big return to get across the finish line.

Interestingly, Kudermetova is now 3-0 lifetime against Jabeur.

Thus continues a stellar week for Kudermetova, who edged out Italian Camila Giorgi 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-5 in her opener and then beat American Claire Liu 6-2, 7-5. Jabeur, ranked No. 5, followed up a first-round bye with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Madison Keys of the USA.

Kudermetova, ranked No 19 and seeded ninth, will play the winner of a match between Shelby Rogers and Amanda Anisimova.

Here are the other quarter-final results and schedule for the San Jose WTA 500:

  • Shelby Rogers vs. Amanda Anisimova
  • Coco Gauff vs. Paula Badosa
  • Daria Kasatkina (7) beat Aryna Sabalenka (4): 4-6, 7-5, 6-0

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