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Petra Martic Steamrolls Into Quebec City Quarterfinals

The No. 2 seed lost just two games to Olga Govortsova.

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Petra Martic (Coupe Banque Nationale via Twitter)

No. 2 seed Petra Martic rolled past Olga Govortsova 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday, pushing the Croatian into the final eight on the rarely-seen carpet courts in French Canada.

Martic converted five of her nine break point opportunities and saved all eight she faced herself, taking advantage of errant serving from Govortsova, who won just three of 16 second serve points and an even half on her first serve.

The Croatian faced one of her biggest tests in her opening service game. She saved two break points after breaking Govortsova to open the match, the second with one of her three aces, before the set opened up for her. A sublime passing shot and big forehands gave Martic a double-break lead, and Govortsova handed over a third break with a double fault at 0-4.

Martic did need two set points to close out a 26-minute set in which she converted all three break points she faced, and the second set offered little more difficulty.

Govortsova did hold to open the set — her only service game in which Martic did not have break point — but two consecutive breaks thereafter extinguished any faint comeback hopes. The errors also flowed more freely from the Belarussian; on one Martic break point, she had the entire court open but instead mashed her soft volley into the net.

Martic was unsteady in the final stages, failing to convert four match points on Govortsova’s serve and then facing break point as she attempted to serve out the match. She saved it and then secured the victory on her fifth match point.

The win was a seventh straight for Martic, who won the challenger event in Chicago last week without dropping a set. It is an impressive late-summer turnaround for the 27-year-old, who lost three straight matches — all to players ranked below her — before last week and was just 1-2 at tour level on summer hard courts.

Martic, No. 38 in the world this week, could rise to a career high with a win Friday against Jessica Pegula. The American qualifier came from behind in both sets to beat Ons Jabeur earlier Thursday.

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Camila Giorgi advances to the semifinals, as Victoria Azarenka withdraws from the match

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World Number 37 Camila Giorgi has advanced to the semifinal of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo after Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the quarter final match due to illness, while she was trailing 3-5 after just 28 minutes in the opening set. Giorgi has extended her win-loss record in her head-to-head matches against Azarenka.

Giorgi hit 10 winners to 4 unforced errors and converted both break points to reach the Tokyo Toray Open semifinal for the first time in her career. She set up a semifinal clash against this year’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Barbora Strycova scoring her ninth consecutive win.

Azarenka earned the first break of the match in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Giorgi pulled the break back to love with a forehand return with a forehand return winner.

The Italian player hit a forehand reurn winner to pull the break back and won eight consecutive points to hold her next service game at love with a backhand volley winner.

Giorgi broke serve at love to open up a 5-3 lead before Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the match.

“The crowd are great here in Tokyo and it’s a real pleasure to play in front of the Japanese fans. Naomi Osaka is strong and powerful and I will play and focus on my game”, said Giorgi.

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Ekaterina Alexandrova upsets defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals in Seoul

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World number 122 Ekaterina Alexandrova upset 2017 Roland Garros champion and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 after 71 minutes in a match delayed by rain to clinch the first top 10 win of her career at the KEB Hana Bank in Seoul.

Before today’s match Alexandrova has never won in her three head-to-head matches against to-10 players. Alexandrova converted five of her eight break point chances and won 79 first serve points.

The 23-year-old Russian player set up a tough semifinal clash against Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, who lifted the Hiroshima last week.

Ostapenko held serve in the first game with two consecutive aces, but she dropped her serve after a double fault. Alexandrova saved a break point to hold serve for a 3-1 lead. Ostapenko broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, as Alexandrova made a double fault. Alexandrova came back from 15-40 down to break again on her second chance with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Alexandrova earned three set points at 5-3, when Ostapenko hit a backhand wide. The Russian player hit a crosscourt backhand return winner to break serve at love.

In the second set Alexandrova got a break to open up a 3-1 lead, when Ostapenko made one of six double faults on the break point. Alexandrova held her serve to race out to a 4-1 lead after a hard-fought game. She hit a forehand winner to hold her serve for 5-2 in the seventh game and earned three match points with another forehand winner. She converted her first chance with a backhand return winner.

“I think it was a good match. I played well, and she also played well. I am just happy it worked out like this”, said Alexandrova.

Irina Camelia Begu beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-3 to reach her third quarter finals this year.Number 2 seed Kiki Bertens edged past Jakupovic Dalila 6-4 7-5.

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Camila Giorgi beats Caroline Wozniacki to score the ninth top 10 win in Tokyo

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This year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Camila Giorgi came back from one set down in the third set to knock out Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 2-6 6-4 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo scoring the ninth win over a top 10 player in her career. With this win the Italian player has reached the quarter finals.

Giorgi broke this year’s Australian Open champion and former world number 1 player Caroline Woznaicki twice in the first five games of the opening set. Giorgi fired 16 winners to Wozniacki’s 4 in the first set.

Wozniacki, who was playing her first match since losing to Lesla Tsurenko in the second round of the US Open, fended off all nine break points (including six in the first two games, one in the first game and five in the second game at 1-1) and broke serve twice to clinch the second set 6-2.

Wozniacki reeled off eight of the first nine points of the decider to open up a 2-0 lead with a break of serve. Giorgi fought back from 0-30 down to break back. The Italian got the decisive break lead in the seventh game to draw level to 3-3 in her six career head-to-head matches against Wozniacki. Giorgi converted on four of her sixteen break points and hit 45 winners to 29 unforced errors.

The Italian player will take on former Australian Open champion and past world number 1 player Victoria Azarenka, who beat Ashley Barty scoring her first first win against a top 20 player in six months.

Giorgi has scored her ninth career win against a top 10 player and the the first on hard court since she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in Katowice 2015. It’s also the fourth win over a top 5 player and the first since beating Elina Svitolina in Birmingham in 2017.

Giorgi has won 23rd match this year and achieved her best result in her third appearance in Tokyo.

“I will just focus on my game, like always, and I will hope to play like this, very consistent”, said Giorgi.

 

 

 

 

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