The line-up for the quarterfinals of both the Bucharest Open and Gstaad Championships are out and the Bucharest draw is slightly more intriguing with the likes of Anastasija Sevastova, Carla Suarez Navarro, and Julia Goerges all into the last 8.
Last year’s finalist Sevastova had the most comfortable outing of all the top 3 seeds, moving past Danka Kovinic 6-4, 6-4. Sevastova produced a clean display by winning 77% of first serve points and breaking serve three times. Kovinic is now on a ten-match losing streak in WTA matches!
The scoreline definitely doesn’t tell the story in Suarez Navarro’s 6-3 6-4 win over Romanian wildcard Ruse. Suarez Navarro won 69 points in total to Ruse’s 61, now that tells a different part of the match! Glad Suarez Navarro is also entered into Bastad to get some wins on her beloved surface before switching to the US Hard courts.
On day 4, home favourite Alexandra Dulgheru notched a three-set victory over the No.9 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova. The Russian’s reluctance to come to the net to finish points was partly the cause of her loss as Dulgheru’s impressive defence paid off.
Meanwhile, Pauline Parmentier caused an upset by beating the rising Belgian Elise Mertens, 3-6 6-4 6-4. I am beginning to become a fan of Mertens’ game but her serve was clearly laboured today as Parmentier capitalised with her impressive topspin forehand. The Frenchwoman is into her second WTA quarterfinal of the year and she’ll face Irina-Camelia Begu. The Romanians are having decent weeks in their home event as Dulgheru, Begu and Ana Bogdan and all into the quarters. Bogdan claimed an impressive victory over Cagla Buyukakcay.
The line-up is linked below in the tweet and I’m really loving it! Looking forward the most to Maria-Suarez Navarro.
In Gstaad, doubles partners Johanna Larsson and Kiki Bertens will face off for a spot in the semifinals. Bertens cruised past qualifier Zaja in straights, while Larsson served out a breadstick sandwich against Barbara Haas (1-6 7-5 6-1).
There was an upset in the Swiss city as top seed Caroline Garcia fell to Teresa Martincova, 7-5 7-6(1). Guessing from the stats, it was probably Garcia’s notorious return that failed her standards again!
So, the quarterfinals are set and I’m very excited for Anett Kontaveit taking on Carina Witthoeft! I hope to be able to catch that match!
The US tournaments are just in two weeks time and wild cards have been announced for the Citi Open in Washington: Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens have received WCs to participate in the event.
Finally, if you haven’t been able to watch any matches from Bucharest, check out the highlight videos I linked on top. Both Youtube channels, WTA Tennis Romanian and WTA-Tennis Highlights HD are posing highlights this week – surely you should check them out!
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