Greece’s Sakkari Sets up a Finals Showdown against Buzarnescu

Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after defeating Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, August 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mihaela Buzarnescu rallied past fourth-seeded Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to set up a finals showdown against Maria Sakkari at the Silicon Valley Classic.

Fifth-seeded Buzarnescu got her third three-set victory of the tournament, ensuring she’ll climb to at least No. 21 in the WTA rankings when they’re released Monday. If she beats Sakkari in the final Sunday, she could improve to No. 20.

Sakkari was down a set and a double break against Danielle Collins before charging back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sakkari had yet to drop a set in the tournament before the match. She closed out Collins by winning the final six points.

Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after losing a point to Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, August 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after defeating Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
CORRECTS SCORE TO 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 NOT 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 Mihaela Buzarnescu, of Romania, returns to Elise Mertens, of Belgium, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Buzarnescu won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. (AP Photo/John Hefti)