Joanna Fett upsets Kristina Mladenovic to reach the quarter final in Tokyo
Kristina Mladenovic, Krystina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka were knocked out in the second round of the Japan Open WTA International Tournament in Tokyo.
Twenty-year-old Croatian qualifier Jana Fett upset top seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-3. Fett was broken three times but converted on five of her twelve break points. Both players broke serve four times in the first seven games. Fett got her third break in the 10th game, after Mladenovic made a double fault. Fett raced out to a 5-0 lead. Mladenovic got one break back in the seventh game and reeled off three consecutive games to claw her way back to 3-5. Fett kept her nerve and served out for the match at love in the ninth game. Mladenovic has lost her fifth consecutive first-round match since Washington after a succesful first half of the season in which she won in St. Petersburg and reached the finals in Acapulco, Stuttgart and Madrid. Fett will face Jana Cepelova in the quarter final.
Twenty-two year-old Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato 7-5 6-3 beat Krystina Pliskova in 80 minutes to reach the quarter final. Kato faced five break points and dropped her serve three times. Pliskova won just nine of the 25 points on her second serve. The Czech player saved seven of her 12 break points she faced. Both players traded breaks four times in the first seven games. Kato fended off a break point in the 11th game. Pliskova did not convert three game points and dropped her serve, as Miyu converted her fourth break point in the longest game of the match to close out the first set 7-5. The Japanese player cruised to a 5-0 lead in the second set. Pliskova fended off a match point in the sixth game to avoid the bagel. The twin sister of Karolina broke to 15 in the seventh game and held her service game to claw her way back to 5-3 but Kato held serve to close out the match in the ninth game.
Kato set up a quarter final against Elise Mertens, who converted on five of her eight break points to beat Magda Linette 6-1 7-5 after one hour and 20 minutes. Mertens broke twice in the second and fourth games to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the the first set. Mertens got an early break in the second set to love to take a 3-1 lead. Linette saved a break point in the fifth game before breaking back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Mertens got another break in the ninth game but dropped her serve, as she was serving for the match. Mertens reeled off the final eight points of the match to close out the match.
Kurumi Nara cruised past sixth seed Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-0 in an all-Japanese match in 69 minutes converting on six of her nine break points. Nara dropped her serve once. She won 16 of the first 19 points in the first four games with a break. She got another break to close out the first set by 6-3. Osaka won just six points to drop all her three service games in the second set.
Sara Sorribes Torro came back from one set down to beat fifth seed Samantha Stosur 3-6 7-5 6-1. Stosur, who won a title in Strasbourg this year, made her come-back from a wrist injury. Torro will take on defending champion Christina McHale.
Zarina Diyas also produced a come-from-behind win by beating Misaki Doi 3-6 6-1 6-1. Christina McHale beat Danka Kovinic 6-2 6-4.