Cameron Norrie, Casper Ruud advance to San Diego Open final

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SAN DIEGO – Cameron Norrie upset top-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the final of the inaugural San Diego Open.

Norrie, the 26-year-old British player who won his first ATP Tour title this year in Acapulco, will face second-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway on Sunday.

Ruud, ranked No. 10 in the world, beat No. 29 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Ruud eliminated former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray in straight sets Thursday night.

Rublev, ranked No. 5 in the world, claimed the first set with a scorching 117 mph ace before Norrie, ranked No. 28, rebounded to force a decisive third set to reach his fifth final of the year.

“It’s such a big win for me,” Norrie said. “It’s definitely a match that I’m going to remember for a long time.”

It was Norrie’s first career victory over Rublev. They last faced off in last year’s St. Petersburg Open, where Rublev swept Norrie.

“To beat someone like Andrey, who I respect and he’s one of my favorite players on the tour, its huge to me, and also to get revenge after he beat me easy last time,” Norrie said. “it’s nice to see that I improved a little bit and got him this time. Great match.”

Rublev had several outbursts in the second set, including throwing his racket and yelling at the officiating crew. He also appeared disturbed by the noise of planes taking off from nearby Lindbergh Field.

Rublev was making his eighth semifinal appearance this season. The Russian was coming off an impressive Olympic gold medal performance in mixed doubles with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and a win in the Laver Cup.

It was Norrie’s sixth semifinal this year, marking the most semifinal appearances in his career. He will be trying for his second ATP win of the season.

Ruud won his match when Dimitrov returned a shot into the net.

Having both semis go three sets “shows that it’s been a very tough tournament with good-level players and good-level matches.” Ruud said. “Today was I think the same. It was high-level from the first to the last point. Both matches put on a good show.”

Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to win WTA Tour event

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PARMA, Italy — Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open.

Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.

Along with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in North Africa.

The 74th-ranked Sherif actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first overcoming sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, which were postponed a day due to rain.

The seventh-ranked Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semifinal earlier Saturday.

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 the final.

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

Top-seeded Maria Sakkari will start on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) 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.