Tamara Zidansek turned the primary girl from Slovenia to achieve the singles quarter-finals of a Grand Slam on Sunday with a 7-6(4) 6-1 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea on the French Open.
The pair traded breaks within the first two video games of a good opening set on Court docket Suzanne Lenglen earlier than Zidansek raised her degree within the tiebreak to take the benefit within the match when an error-prone Cirstea hit a wild forehand extensive.
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Tamara Zidansek turns into the primary girls from Slovenia to make the ultimate eight at a Grand Slam. The world No.85 costs previous Sorana Cirstea in straight-sets 7-6(4), 6-1. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/A3xQqVLpG8
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World quantity 85 Zidansek had by no means been past the second spherical at a Grand Slam earlier than this 12 months’s match in Paris but it surely was 2009 Roland Garros quarter-finalist Cirstea who confirmed indicators of nerves at first of the second set.
The 23-year-old Zidansek turned extra aggressive as Cirstea struggled to maneuver freely due to an ankle subject and raced forward 5-Zero earlier than closing out the victory in 86 minutes.
Zidansek will face 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova or Spain’s Paula Badosa within the final eight.