Sakkari and Bencic reach Berlin grass semis

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Second seed Maria Sakkari is into her first ever grass semi-final after dismantling Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 6-3 in Berlin on Friday. The Greek easily secured her first win over the Russian in five attempts at the Steffi Graf stadium. She will next face last year’s runner-up Belinda Bencic from Switzerland after the Olympic champion fought back to beat Veronika Kudermetova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kasatkina and Kudermetova, who beat Berlin 2021 champion Liudmila Samsonova in the previous round, will not be able to compete in the Wimbledon grass grand slam starting on June 27 after Russians and Belarussians …

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