Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka qualified for the semi-finals on the women’s side, as did Alexander Zverev on the men’s side.

Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka, seeded No. 3, and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, seeded No. 2, clinched the first tickets to the semi-finals of the women’s and men’s draws at the Rome tournament on Friday.

Aryna Sabalenka dominated in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in 1:51) the American Amanda Anisimova (32nd in the world), who had just beaten her in Madrid.

This is the first time Belarus has gained the upper hand over this opponent, who had won their previous four confrontations. She was notably released at the end of April by the Americans in the first round of the Madrid tournament, of which she was the titleholder.

Aryna Sabalenka could meet in the semi-finals the world N.1 and titleholder Iga Swiatek if the Polish do not stumble in the quarterfinals on Friday against the returning Canadian Bianca Andreescu (90th), an opponent she has never met.

On the men’s side, Zverev, winner on the Roman clay in 2017, was not put in trouble by Chilean Cristian Garin (45th in the world), racing from the seventh game of the first set to win in two sets 7-5, 6-2 in 1h51.

The German, finalist in Madrid last Sunday, will meet in the semi-finals the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th in the world) or the Italian Jannik Sinner (13th in the world), as opposed by following on the center court of the Foro Italico.

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