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French Open: Zidansek overpowers Cirstea to storm into quarter-finals

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.

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.

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