Garin, Mager win interrupted semifinals at Rio Open

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Third-seeded Cristian Garin and Italy’s Gianluca Mager both won their interrupted semifinals on Sunday to reach the final of the Rio Open.

Garin, ranked 25th, beat fifth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia 6-4, 7-5 at the clay-court tournament.

“This is the result of a lot of work this year,” Garin said. The Chilean also won the Cordoba Open in Argentina this year.

The 128th-ranked Mager beat Hungary’s Attila Balazs 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2).

Both semifinals had been interrupted shortly after midnight due to heavy rains, when Garin and Mager had already won the first set.

“I am without words, I need to focus again to come back later,” said Mager, who eliminated top-seeded Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals.

Parma Ladies Open semifinals postponed to same day as final

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PARMA, Italy — The semifinals of the Parma Ladies Open have been postponed by a day and will be played shortly before Saturday’s final.

The decision was made because of persistent rain at the clay-court tournament on Friday.

Top-seeded Maria Sakkari will start on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) on Saturday before sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan’s match against Mayar Sherif.

The final will be after 6 p.m. local time, shortly after the doubles final – with the doubles semifinals also being played earlier in the day on a different court.

Top-seeded Sakkari reaches semifinals at Parma Ladies Open

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PARMA, Italy — Top-seeded Maria Sakkari rallied past 97th-ranked Maryna Zanevska 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semifinal since the grass-court season.

Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a spot in the final of the clay-court event after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.

In her previous semifinal, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-ranked Greek player was eliminated by Wang Xiyu in the second round of the U.S. Open on Aug. 31.

In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sherif of Egypt beat American opponent Lauren Davis 7-6 (2), 6-3 to reach her second career semifinal. Sherif next faces Ana Bogdan, who defeated fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).