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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday September 21, 2023

Caroline Dolehide

25-year-old Caroline Dolehide saved four match points to defeat Martina Trevisan for her first career semifinal in Gaudalajara.

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Caroline Dolehide entered the Guadalajara draw this week with a ranking of 111, having never won three consecutive matches on tour. Four days – and four impressive victories – later, she’s headed for a career-high ranking and a maiden WTA semifinal.

The Illinois native saved a quartet of match points as she rallied to take out Italy’s Martina Trevisan on Thursday night in Mexico, the 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-3 setting up a semifinal clash with fellow American Sofia Kenin.

Dolehide has won two of her three meetings against Kenin, but the pair have not met since 2017.

Kenin cranked past Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-1 to make it eight wins in her last nine matches earlier on Thursday.

Dolehide battled back from the brink late in the second set, rallying from 5-6, 0-40 down to hold serve before saving another match point at 8-9 down in the second-set tiebreak.

"To be honest, I just had to find a way today to win," Dolehide said on court after her fourth win of the week, and eighth of 2023. "When I was down those match points, I told myself 'Do what you practice,' which my coach tells me every single day of my life.

"I just played with my kick, played with my best shots, and I ended up winning that set. It gave me a lot of confidence going into the third."

Dolehide, who has never finished a season inside the WTA’s Top-100, is slated to rise from 11 to at least 59 in the rankings – she could break the Top-50 for the first time with a semifinal win, and potentially crack the Top-30 with the title.

Dolehide, the 8th WTA player to reach a WTA 1000 semifinal with a ranking outside of the Top 100, has defeated Peyton Stearns, Sachia Vickery, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Trevisan to amass her first four-match winning streak at tour-level.

Garcia Powers Past Azarenka

No.3-seeded Caroline Garcia eased past Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semis in the lower half. She will face either second-seeded Maria Sakkari or Colombian upstart Emiliana Arango.

Garcia improves to 4-1 over the two-time major champion, and reaches her fifth career WTA 1000 semifinal.


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