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WTA roundup: Ons Jabeur upsets Elina Svitolina to reach Chicago semis

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Ons Jabeur of Tunisia hits a forehand against Elise Mertens of Belgium (not pictured) on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Ons Jabeur of Tunisia hits a forehand against Elise Mertens of Belgium (not pictured) on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia racked up 28 winners while posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory over top-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic.

Svitolina had just nine winners during a match Jabeur controlled for most of the 82 minutes. Jabeur will face fifth-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who was leading 6-4, 3-1 when third-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland retired with a right knee injury.

Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza was never in danger of being upset while registering a 6-3, 6-2 win over Japanese qualifier Mai Hontama. Muguruza will be looking to reach a final for the fourth time this season.

Muguruza will face Marketa Vondrousova after the Czech collected a 6-7 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (3) win over 10th-seeded American Danielle Collins. Vondrousova had 26 winners and 17 unforced errors while Collins committed 36 unforced errors to go with 33 winners.

Astana Open

Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan recorded a 6-2, 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded Rebecca Peterson of Sweden to advance to the final at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Putintseva moved closer to her third career victory with the strong performance on home soil. She will face second-seeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in the final.

Van Uytvanck defeated Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-3, 6-3 in her semifinal. Van Uytvanck made 32 unforced errors but Christian committed 43.

–Field Level Media