Venus Williams crashed out of the Silicon Valley Classic after a straight sets loss to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the quarter-final of the tournament. It was a huge upset as Sakkari beat Venus 6-4, 7-6(2).
Sakkari, who is 15 years junior to the 38-year-old Venus fought back remarkably after her more decorated opponent took an early 3-0 lead in the first set. Venus in fact was even up by 5-3 but could not capitalise on her lead against a relentless Sakkari.
Venus had reached the final of two Grand Slams last year but is yet to cross the third round hurdle at a tournament since March.
Sakkari on the other hand, needed an hour and 43 minutes to beat Williams and saved two set points in the second set on way to the win. Sakkari is yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Sakkari will now face American Danielle Collins who moved into the semis after former world number one Victoria Azarenka retired injured when trailing 3-0 in the second set after claiming the first in a tiebreaker. It will be the second semi-final of the year for Collins.
Johanna Konta was also sent packing after a 6-7(4), 3-6 quarter-final loss to fourth seed Elise Mertens.
The Briton had opened the tournament with a bang on Tuesday when she shocked 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-0 with the worst loss of the American great’s career. Serena was coming off a loss in the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber.
Konta was unable to recreate the magic, however, instead squandering a 5-2 lead in the opening set against the Belgian before bowing out meekly. Konta won the Silicon Valley Classic two years ago.