Johanna Konta loses to Elise Mertens at Silicon Valley Classic

Elise Mertens beats Johanna Konta

Konta, 27, led 5-2 in the opening set before world number 15 Mertens fought back to win the tie break. If she beats Sakkari in the final Sunday, she could improve to No. 20. Sakkari had yet to drop a set in the tournament before the match.

Mertens, a Belgian, saved two set points in the first set, forced a tiebreak and won four straight games in the second set for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Johanna Konta.

The 2013 runner-up rallied from a set down to defeat second seed Sloane Stephens on Thursday, and continued her momentum at the Washington DC event.

"I'm so pleased and happy to be in the final, the third final of my career", Buzarnescu told reporters. "I just tried to stay in the moment and within myself, and do the things I needed to do".

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Mertens called for a trainer in the final set due to a right forearm injury, and Buzarnescu won six games in a row to closer her out.

The 30-year-old will next face the victor of the match between eighth seed Yulia Putintseva and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

She won four straight games in the second set to put pressure on Collins, and ultimately evened the match with a forehand victor.

Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. China's Saisai Zheng had her match against American Allie Kiick postponed until Saturday.

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