In an extraordinary turn of events at the Cymbiotika San Diego Open, Anastasia Potapova, the 27th-ranked Russian player, stunned Ons Jabeur, the seventh-ranked player, with a thrilling victory in straight sets. This victory marked Potapova’s fourth win against a top 10 player this year, showcasing her incredible talent and determination on the court.
Reflecting on her win, Potapova mentioned that it was her patience and ability to stay focused that helped her secure the victory. Recognizing Jabeur’s exceptional skill and style of play, Potapova expressed her pride and happiness in overcoming such a tough opponent. She also revealed that Jabeur is admired by her mother and that they are actually good friends. Potapova’s mother is a big fan of Jabeur and it remains unclear whether she is happy that her daughter defeated her favorite player.
Jabeur, who hails from Tunisia, struggled with her serve throughout the match, only managing to land 39 of her 85 first serves. In addition, she had nine double-faults and failed to find her rhythm against Potapova. Nonetheless, Jabeur remains a prominent figure in the tennis world as a three-time Grand Slam finalist.
In another quarterfinal match, Maria Sakkari of Greece, the third seed, advanced when her Colombian opponent, Camila Osorio, was forced to retire due to a right thigh injury. Sakkari expressed her sympathy for Osorio and emphasized the unfortunate nature of athletes being unable to compete at their best due to injuries. Despite winning the match, Sakkari acknowledged Osorio’s strong performance in the first set.
Caroline Garcia, the second-seeded player, avenged her previous loss to Sloane Stephens by defeating her in three sets. This victory improved Garcia’s head-to-head advantage to 5-3 against Stephens. Garcia mentioned that it was a revenge day for her and highlighted the importance of her strong start to the third set, where she faced a break point but managed to maintain her lead. Despite facing some challenges in recent months, Garcia emphasized her determination to fight and train hard.
Barbora Krejcikova, the fourth seed from the Czech Republic, overcame a bout of double faults to secure her victory against Anhelina Kalinina from Ukraine. Krejcikova admitted that the first set was difficult, despite the seemingly dominant scoreline. However, she remained aggressive and focused on hitting her shots, ultimately sealing her win. Krejcikova’s victory marked a comeback after a disappointing post-Wimbledon performance, where she lost all three matches without winning a set.
In an exciting all-American clash, Sofia Kenin and Katie Volynets, both wild cards at the tournament, faced off against each other. This match carried special significance as both players had previously won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship at the same venue. Kenin demonstrated her resilience by rallying back from a one-set deficit to claim victory in three sets, showcasing her mental and physical strength on the court.
Danielle Collins, another American player, emerged victorious in a hard-fought battle against Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia. Collins’ victory came after a challenging three-set match, where she displayed her determination and ability to adapt her game. On the other hand, former University of Virginia standout Emma Navarro secured a straight-set victory against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Navarro’s win further showcased her potential and talent as a rising star in the world of tennis.
These captivating matches at the Cymbiotika San Diego Open not only entertained tennis fans but also highlighted the exceptional talent and resilience of the players. With unexpected victories, revenge quests, and inspiring comebacks, the tournament showcased the depth and excitement of the women’s game. As the quarterfinals concluded, the stage was set for even more thrilling encounters and unpredictable outcomes.