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Maria Sakkari surges past Muguruza into Abu Dhabi quarterfinals

Maria Sakkari who continues her winning streak without losing a set in Dhabi tournament in the first week of 2021.

The 25-year-old Greek tennis player prevailed over Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4 and “sealed” her entry in the 8th division of the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, where she will meet either the top scorer, Sofia Kenin, or Yulia Putintseva .

World No.22 Sakkari earned her 17th career win over a Top 20 opponent with her one-hour and 51-minute victory over 15th-ranked Muguruza. The Greek has slid into the final eight of the season-opening event without having dropped a set in her three victories.

In the first meeting between the two players, Sakkari was the aggressor, firing 33 winners, including 11 aces, and converting three of her nine break points. By contrast, former World No.1 Muguruza could muster up just five winners in the match, and had only ten fewer unforced errors than Sakkari.

For her quarterfinal opponent, Sakkari awaits the winner of the following match on Centre Court, between No.1 seed Sofia Kenin of the United States and No.13 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

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