PARMA, Italy. The semi-finals of the Parma Ladies Open tournament have been postponed by a day and will take place shortly before Saturday’s final.
The decision was made due to heavy rain at the clay tournament on Friday.
On Saturday at 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT), top-place finisher Maria Sakkari will start her match on center court against Danka Kovinic before sixth seed Ana Bogdan’s match against Mayar Sherif.
The final will take place after 18:00 local time, shortly after the doubles final, and the doubles semi-finals will also be played earlier in the day at a different venue.
PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semi-final since the grass season.
Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.
In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Siu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.
In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).
PARMA, Italy – First-place finisher Maria Sakkari beat Arancia Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parma Ladies Open.
Sakkari, who accepted a late card wild card for the red clay court tournament, played in her first tournament since losing to Wang Siyu in the second round of the US Open.
The Greek will play Marina Zanevskaya from Belgium, who beat Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.
Fourth-placed Sloane Stevens of the United States, the 2017 US Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
However, there will be an American in the final eight as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sarah Sorribes Tormo 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. Sorribes Tormo eliminated runner-up Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the first round.
Davis will face Mayar Sheriff after the Egyptian defeated Simone Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).
In addition, Romanian Irina-Camellia Begu, who placed third, overtook Italy’s Matilda Paoletti 6:4, 6:4 to advance to the quarter-finals against Ana Bogdan, who placed sixth, who beat Anna Karolina Shmidlova 6:2, 3:6. 6-3.