Iga Swiatek stunned by Anna Kalinskaya in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals | Tennis News

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World No 1 Iga Swiatek saw her seven-match winning streak snapped by qualifier Anna Kalinskaya in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Friday.

Kalinskaya earned her third win over a top-10 player wins in as many days, having already knocked out Jeļena Ostapenko and Coco Gauff, with a straight-sets victory over tournament favourite Swiatek.


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From 2-4 down, Kalinskaya reeled off four games to clinch the opening set and with the top seed venting her frustration at the start of the next.

Kalinskaya, the world No 40, squandered two match points at 5-2 with the four-time Grand Slam champion breaking before holding.

But Australian Open quarter-finalist Kalinskaya held her nerve to continue her incredible run to reach the Dubai final.

Jasmine Paolini of Italy celebrates after defeating Anna Blinkova of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Jasmine Paolini reached the first WTA 1000 final of her career on Friday

She will face Jasmine Paolini on Saturday after the Italian staved off six set points to reach the first WTA 1000 final of her career with a 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory against Sorana Cirstea.

Paolini, the world No 26, booked her spot in her first WTA Tour final since Monastir last October and first above WTA 250 level.

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Jasmine Paolini is the second Italian women’s player to make the final at the Dubai Tennis Championships after Sara Errani made it to the final in 2013 and 2016

“I gave you a little bit of drama at the end,” said Paolini, who held her first match point at 5-4 in the second set, and saved five of the six set points she faced before converting her second match point in the tie-break.

The 28-year-old becomes the fifth Italian woman to reach a final at WTA 1000 level or over, following Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Flavia Pennetta and Camila Giorgi.

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Highlights of Jasmine Paolini’s victory against Sorana Cirstea

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