Zverev up­sets Nishikori in semi­fi­nal

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Wash­ing­ton, US - Ger­many's Alexan­der Zverev dom­i­nated Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4 on Sat­ur­day in a show­down of topten ri­vals to reach the ATP and WTA Citi Open fi­nal against South Africa's Kevin An­der­son.

Zverev, ranked a ca­reer-best eighth this week, dropped only seven points on his serve in the 63-minute af­fair, ex­tend­ing ninth-ranked Nishikori's ATP ti­tle drought to 30 events over 18 months.

The 20 year old from Ham­burg will try for his fifth ca­reer ti­tle and fourth of the year Sun­day against 45th-ranked An­der­son, who ousted 19th-ranked Amer­i­can Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 on the Wash­ing­ton hard­courts.

An­der­son reached his first fi­nal since win­ning his third ca­reer ATP ti­tle in 2015 at Win­ston-Salem. The lanky 31 year old from Jo­han­nes­burg also won at Del­ray Beach in 2012 and his home­town in 2011.

Makarova in fi­nal

Rus­sian seventh seed Eka­te­rina Makarova out­lasted French fifth seed Oceane Dodin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to book a berth in the women's fi­nal against Ger­man fourth seed Ju­lia Go­erges, who dis­patched com­pa­triot An­drea Petkovic 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

Makarova, be­ing coached by

Bri­tain's Nigel Sears, seeks her first WTA ti­tle since 2014.

She won her only meet­ing with Go­erges in the fourth round of the 2015 Aus­tralian Open.

Keys stuns Mugu­ruza

Los An­ge­les, US - Madi­son Keys roared past top-seeded Wim­ble­don cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 6-3, 6-2 on Sat­ur­day to book an all-Amer­i­can WTA Stan­ford fi­nal against CoCo Van­deweghe.

Keys, the third seed, needed just 57 min­utes to sub­due Mugu­ruza, who claimed the sec­ond Grand Slam ti­tle of her ca­reer when she beat Venus Wil­liams in the fi­nal at Wim­ble­don

Fel­low Amer­i­can CoCo reached the fi­nal with a 6-3, 6-1 vic­tory over CiCi Bel­lis.

(AFP)

Alexan­der Zverev cel­e­brates his win over Kei Nishikori on Sat­ur­day

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