August 4, 2019 / 4:39 AM / 22 days ago

Surprising Zheng advances to Silicon Valley final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - First Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. China's Zheng Saisai reacts during the match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. REUTERS/Aly Song

(Reuters) - China’s Zheng Saisai moved into the final of the Silicon Valley Classic with another upset win in California on Saturday to keep alive her dream of a maiden WTA title.

The unseeded world number 55 ousted seventh seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-6(5) 6-2 in their semi-final a day after outlasting fourth seeded American Amanda Anisimova.

Zheng will face second seed Aryna Sabalenka in Sunday’s final after the Belarusian’s powerful serve proved too much for Donna Vekic, who fell 6-4 6-3 in their semi-final.

World number 10 Sabalenka will be the favourite when she faces Zheng even if the Chinese righthander won their only previous encounter.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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