Cîrstea wrote history in Dubai: Sorana dethroned the legendary Venus Williams in the Emirates

At almost 34 years old, the age she will reach on April 7, Sorana can reach the peak of her career from the perspective of the WTA hierarchy. For that, on Friday (after 12.00, Digi Sport 2), she has to beat Jasmine Paolini (Italy, 28 years old, 26 WTA), in the semi-finals, in Dubai.

Sorana Cîrstea

It should be noted that Sorana has already reached a historic milestone in Dubai. According to Eurosport, at 33 years and 321 days, Cîrstea is the oldest player to reach the penultimate act of the competition, surpassing Venus Williams, whose record (33 years and 248 days) dates from 2014!

Cîrstea – Paolini starts from 0-2

Sorana's next opponent advanced to the semifinals without playing. The Italian Paolini – at 1.60 meters she is among the smallest athletes in the circuit – took advantage of the withdrawal of Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 24 years old, 4 WTA) due to medical problems and ended up in the box of aces. The Cîrstea – Paolini game, scheduled for Friday (after 12.00, Digi Sport 2) starts from 2-0 for the 28-year-old Italian, as can be seen below:

*French Open 2023: 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 Paolini

*Portoroz 2021: 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Paolini