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Jelena Ostapenko beats Daria Kasatkina to reach the quarter finals in Rome



Number 20 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4 4-6 6-0 in 1 hour and 59 minutes to advance to the quarter final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 


Ostapenko has extended her career head-to-head lead over Kasatkina to 3-2. The Latvian beat top 10 Kasatkina after beating world number 13 and former Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova in the previous round. 

Ostapenko rallied from a break down twice in the first set at 1-0 and 4-3. The 2017 Roland Garros champion won three consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Kasatkina broke serve in a five-deuce in the first game of the second set. The Russian player fended off four break points in a six-deuce second game to open up a 2-0 lead. She saved three more break points and served out on her first set point forcing the match to the decider. 

Ostapenko broke three times to take a bagel win in the third set. 

Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia beats Colombia’s Camila Osorio 6-3 6-3 in 1 hour and 21 minutes in an all South American match to reach the quarter finals in Rome for the first time. 

Haddad Maia won two titles on grass in Birmingham and Nottingham and became the first Brazilian player to reach a WTA 1000 level quarter final in Toronto last August. 

Haddad Maia never dropped serve and faced only a break point. The Brazilian player earned the first break point at 3-3 in the first set with a backhand winner. She converted it when Osorio fired a forehand long to take a 4-3 lead and earned another break in the ninth game to seal the first set 6-3. 

Haddad Maia reeled off seven consecutive games to lead by a set and a break at 6-3 3-0 before Osorio won her first game. The Colombian player saved a match point to hold serve for 5-3. Haddad Maia served out the win in the next game.  

Haddad Maia set up a quarter final match against Anhelina Kalininina, who came back from one set down to beat 2016 Rome finalist Madison Keys 2-6 6-2 6-4. Kalinina has reached her second WTA 1000 quarter final after Madrid in 2022. 

Kalinina leads 3-0 in her three head-to-head clashes against Haddad Maia. 

Keys broke serve in the second and sixth games to take a 5-1 lead. Kalinina pulled one break back in the seventh game, but Keys closed out the first set with her second break in the ninth game. 

Kalinina went up a double break to take a 3-0 lead. Keys pulled one of the two breaks back in the sixth game for 2-4, but Kalinina broke again in the seventh game to win the second set 6-2. Kalinina broke serve at love in the first game of the third set. Keys converted her fifth break-back in the second game to draw level to 1-1. Kalinina broke for the second time in the fifth game and saved two break points to hold serve for 4-2. Kalinina served out the win at deuce in the 10th game. 

“It was just about playing by point. It sounds very usual, but I think it was the key because Madison started unbelievably. I almost did not have any chances in the first set, because it was really a fast, aggressive game from her. I was like: ‘You have to do something, you have to try to play more balls, more points”, so the game would become more dynamic”. 

China’s Zheng Qinwen overcame her compatriot Wang Xiyu 6-4 3-6 6-1 after 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the second WTA 1000 quarter final of her career. 

Zheng earned the first break of the match in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead, when Wang made a double fault. Zheng broke at the start of the second set after two more double faults from Wang. Zheng did not face a break point until the first game of the second set. Wang broke straight back in the second game after Zheng made two double faults. Zheng made another double faul to trail 2-4. Wang held on her serve to win the second set 6-3. Zheng earned a break as Wang made another double fault in the second game. Zheng broke again in the fourth game and held on her next service games to win the third set 6-1. 

“At the start of the third set I said to myself: ‘Start playing your game and we’ll see what happens. Don’t focus too much on the result. I am still trying to find my game here. The serve is not strong as before so I have to adapt my game a little bit, be more consistent from the baseline”, said Zheng Quinwen. 

Zheng advanced to her first WTA 1000 quarter final in Toronto last August after beating Ons Jabeur and Bianca Andreescu. 

Zheng Qinwen set up a quarter final match against last year’s Madrid Mutua Open semifinalist Veronika Kudemertova, who beats Marie Bouzkova 6-2 6-2 with two breaks in each set. 

Kudemertova reached three semifinals in Adelaide International 2, Doha and Madrid and  two quarter finals in Adelaide International 1, Abu Dhabi, this year. 

Kudemertova won 85% of her first serve points and saved her only break point she faced. 

Zheng beats Kudemertova 5-7 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in the Tokyo semifinals last September.

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Jannik Sinner sets up a quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov in Beijing



Jannik Sinner cruised into the quarter final of the China Open with a 6-2 6-0 win over Yoshihito Nishioka in 67 minutes at the China Open in Beijing. 


Earlier this week Sinner had won the first match in his career against Dan Evans in three sets. 

Sinner and Nishioka traded breaks in the first two games of the opening set. Sinner won 11 consecutive games in the first set to close out the match. Sinner now leads 2-0 in his head-to-head series against Nishioka.  

“During the first week in China I was sick, and somehow I tried to get through the first round and I knew then I would have one day off. Every day is different. I feel physically much better. I think when I have the shape of physicality, the way I play is a little bit bette Today I played well. Maybe on serve I have to improve a little bit the percentage. I think all the rest was really good today. There were key moments of this match that made my confidence grow”, said Sinner. 

Sinner set up a quarter final against Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Holger Rune 6-3 7-5. Dimitrov has drawn level to 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Rune, who beat his Bulgarian rival 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon 2023. 

Dimitrov raced out to a 4-0 lead with a double break. Rune pulled a break back in the sixth game but Dimitrov earned his third break in the ninth game to close out the first set 6-3. 

Both players went on serve until the 12th game when Dimitrov earned his only break on his third match point with forehand drop volley winner to seal the second set 7-5. 

Dimitrov reached the quarter final for the fourth time in his eight appearances at the Beijing tournament. The Bulgarian player lost to Andy Murray in the final of the China Open in 2016.

“I have lost quite a few matches this year against against a few players like that, so I really wanted to step up a little bit more. I still felt I could have done a few things a little bit better, but a win is a win. I just need to think a little bit about what I can improve. From the first match to now I see a few things that are better, but I still believe I can top it off a little bit more”, said Dimitrov. 

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Aryna Sabalenka and Anhelina Kalinina reach the second round at the China Open in Beijing



This year’s Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka cruised into the second round with a 6-2 6-1 win over Sofia Kenin in just 67 minutes at the China Open in Beijing. 


Sabalenka fired 22 winners to just 9 unforced errors, while Kenis made made just seven winners. Sabalenka did not face a break point and broke twice in each set. 

World number 28 Anhelina Kalinina came from one set down to beat Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 6-4 6-1. 

Vondrousova broke three times to race out to a 5-0 lead. Kalinina pulled one of the breaks in the sixth game for 1-5 but Vondrousova sealed the first set 6-1 with her third break. 

Vondrousova came within of holding a break lead in the second set. The Czech player was not able to convert one of the three break points and dropped her serve in the seventh game. 

Kalinina lost just games in the rest of the match and broke three times to win the third set 6-1. 

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Alexander Zverev reaches his 10th quarter final of the season in Beijing



Alexander Zverev came back from one set down to beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-1 reaching his 10thquarter final of the season at the China Open in Beijing. 


Zverev won the tie-break 7-4 with three mini-breaks after a marathon first set that featured six breaks of serve. Zverev broke twice in the third and fifth games to win the second set 6-2. The German earned three breaks to seal the third set. Zverev saved the only break point he faced in the final two sets. 

Zverev has improved to 4-1 in his head-to-head series against Davidovich Fokina. The Hamburg native player avenged his recent defeat against Davidovich Fokina in Toronto. 

The German player set up a quarter final against Nicolas Jarry. 

Zverev recently reached the quarter final at the US Open and won his second title of the season in Chengdu. He is currently seventh in the ATP Live Race to Turin and could rise to fifth if he wins his third title of the season in Beijing. 

“I am happy with win. I feel like I picked up my game a lot. I played a lot of tennis in the past two weeks. I just need to recover. I need to rest”, said Zverev. 

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