Demi Schurz secured a spot in the doubles semi-finals at the WTA Finals. The 29-year-old defeated Chinese players Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan in Fort Worth with her American partner Desirae Krawczyk 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Schurz and Krawzik started the tournament in Texas (USA) with losses to Barbora Krejikova and Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic, but were too strong for the American duo Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula.
This is the third time that Shore has reached the last four of the year-end tournament. It also reached the semi-finals in 2019 and 2021. Both times it failed to reach the final.
In the semi-finals, Schuurs and Krawczyk compete with Veronika Koedermetova and Elise Mertens for a spot in the final battle. The Russian-Belgian duo won all of their group stage matches and finished top of the group.
The 29-year-old Schurz reached the semi-finals of the WTA Finals for the third time. Significantly, Limburger has always been successful with a different marital partner. “It proved once again why I belong here on this level,” Schurz said, after she joined the other four couples with Krawczyk.
Schurz’s doubles semi-final match is scheduled to be the final match of the day, Sunday, in Fort Worth, USA. Krejcikova and Siniakova opened the program against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and Lyudmila Kitsynok from Ukraine. After that the singles semi-finals.
Sabalenka defeats Pegula
Aryna Sabalenka booked her second WTA Finals win over Jessica Pegula. The world number 7 Belarusian beat the American 6-3 7-5 in Fort Worth, who lost all three of her group matches in front of a home crowd.
The 24-year-old Sabalenka actually had the chance to serve the match at 5-3 in the second set, but partly because of a number of double faults, she let Pegula back. After three games, Sabalenka finished it off. After an hour and a half, the match was decided with a backhand.
Sabalenka will now have to wait and see if her win turns out to be good for a place in the semi-finals. Later in the day, Greece’s Maria Sakkari will face Tunisia’s Anas Jabeur in the same group. If Jaber can win in two sets, she will join the final four.
Earlier in the tournament, Sabalenka beat Jabeur in three sets.
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