Up to date: October 23, 2020 10:29:47 am
Qualifier Veronika Kudermetova upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 4-6 6-Four 6-Three to advance to the quarterfinals of the Ostrava Open. The Russian will face American Jennifer Brady, who eradicated qualifier Daria Kasatkina 7-5 6-2 on Thursday.
Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka got here from two breaks down within the deciding set to get rid of American teenager Coco Gauff 1-6 7-5 7-6 (2).
The 16-year-old Gauff beat Sabalenka in Lexington in August en path to the semifinals and held a 5-2 lead within the third set earlier than Belarusian got here again.
“I simply have to play somewhat bit smarter on stress factors, to make my opponent play,” Gauff mentioned.
Sabalenka credited Gauff along with her forcing her to play lengthy rallies.
“She’s 16 and he or she’s taking part in on this degree,” Sabalenka mentioned.
“I wish to be on this degree after I was 16.”
Additionally, seventh-seeded Elise Mertens beat Karolina Muchova 6-Four 6-2 whereas Ons Jabeur defeated former French Open champion Jelana Ostapenko 6-Four 6-4.
The hard-court indoor occasion was added to the tour after tournaments in China had been cancelled as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
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