Greece’s Maria Sakkari is the hot name in Singapore

Maria Sakkari just can’t keep her foot out of trouble, which could be bad news for the rest of the WTA Finals field in Singapore.

The 21-year-old Greek, who has never played a WTA Tour final, advanced into the round of 16 with a 6-2, 7-5 win over 15th-seeded Madison Keys.

Kiki Bertens upset defending champion Simona Halep in the third round, and the tournament’s No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova has won only two of her seven matches. Pliskova made 21 unforced errors, the most errors she has made in a WTA match this year. She has suffered through two knee injuries in 2018, including on-court left knee pain against Pliskova, and even had a calf injury during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

Sakkari pulled off a huge upset over an injured Pliskova in the second round, and then beat 20th-seeded Petra Kvitova in the third.

Now Sakkari will face either No. 5-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or WTA Finals debutante Elina Svitolina in the round of 16. The winner will face either Kristina Mladenovic or Belinda Bencic in the semifinals.

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