Navarro scored her first win over a top-10 opponent, as both players were making their San Diego Open debut. Sakkari’s loss meant the top three seeds made early exits.
“It’s very difficult to play her and it’s more difficult because we play doubles together and I really like her,” said Krejcikova, who is ranked No. 13 in the world. “I knew she was going to fight to the very end, and I was ready for that.”
The 5-foot-10 right-hander, who has struggled with injuries and health concerns in recent years after winning the French Open in 2021, said she was grateful to be rid of various ailments that curtailed her career.
“I’m enjoying tennis and having fun,” Krejcikova said. “It’s tennis, it’s a game, so the most important thing is that I’m healthy.”
“My game sometimes goes up and down, but I felt like I was really making my shots today,” said Collins, who reached the event’s semifinals for the second straight year. “I was in a good head space the whole match.”
“I love playing here,” said Kenin, who captured the USTA Girls National 18s title in 2015, also held at Barnes Tennis Center. “I feel like it’s my lucky court.”
Kenin, ranked 93rd, will face Navarro in the other semifinal.
Also Thursday, the WTA confirmed that next year’s edition of the Cymbiotika San Diego Open will be held in late February, prior to the annual BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The new calendar slot figures to attract more top-ranked players, as compared to this week’s tournament, which drew eight of the world’s top 20 players, but was held immediately after the U.S. Open.