Maria Sakkari set for maiden WTA final after ousting Danielle Collins in San Jose

Maria Sakkari backhand

Maria Sakkari has qualified for her first final after a semi-final win over Danielle Collins in San Jose.

The emerging Greek star shrugged off a disappointing first set to claim a 3-6 7-5 6-2 win.

β€œI think at 4-1 in the second she started really stepping up to the baseline and putting her foot on the gas,” Collins explained afterwards.

β€œIt helped her get back in her rhythm and playing more aggressive. It threw me off a little bit. She played some really great tennis, so kudos to her.”

Sakkari will play fifth seed Mihaela Buzarnescu for the final after she beat fourth seed Elise Mertens 4-6 6-3 6-1.

Should Buzarnescu win, she’ll move into the WTA Tour world top 20.