Tunisian Anas Jaber continues her lead in the 500-point Chicago Tennis Championships and qualified for the semi-finals after beating the first candidate for the Ukrainian title, Elina Svitolina.
The sixth contender for the title, Jaber defeated Svitiluna 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes to set up a semi-final with Kazakh fifth candidate Irina Rybakina, ranking 17th in the world .
Bencic withdrew while Rybakina led 6-4 3-1.
Jaber’s win, who ranks 16th in the world, is her first against Svitolina, clashing in three matches, all decided in her favor by the Ukrainian player, the latest being in the Dubai Championship in 2019.
This is the 43rd victory for Jaber this year, equaling the world number two, Belarusian Arina Sabalenka, in the best results achieved this season in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) competitions.
The other semifinal in the Chicago Championship will be between Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the second contender for the title, and Czech Marketa Vondrosova.
Muguruza, ninth in the world, qualified after beating Mai Hontama of Japan 6-3 6-2, while Vondrosova, 41 in the world, ousted American Danielle Collins 6-7 (4-7), 6- 0.7-6 (7-3). ).