Charleston Open: Ashleigh Barty overcomes American Shelby Rogers in three units to e book quarter-final berth

Charleston Open: Ashleigh Barty overcomes American Shelby Rogers in three units to e book quarter-final berth

Barty strikes on to the quarter-finals the place she’s going to face Spain’s Paula Badosa, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Caty McNally of the US.

Charleston Open: Ashleigh Barty overcomes American Shelby Rogers in three sets to book quarter-final berth

Barty strikes on to the quarter-finals the place she’s going to face Spain’s Paula Badosa, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Caty McNally of the US. AFP

Miami: World primary Ashleigh Barty defeated hometown favorite Shelby Rogers 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4 within the third spherical of the WTA clay court docket match in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday.

Barty strikes on to the quarter-finals the place she’s going to face Spain’s Paula Badosa, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Caty McNally of the US.

“Shelby’s an distinctive ball-striker, she all the time makes you’re employed very arduous for each single level, each single match, and tonight was no completely different,” stated Barty.

The Australian from Ipswich arrived in Charleston contemporary off a victory within the prestigious Miami Open, the place she efficiently defended a WTA title for the primary time.

After a first-round bye she made a rapid adjustment to the inexperienced clay of Charleston, needing simply 61 minutes to dispatch Japan’s 77th-ranked Misaki Doi, 6-2, 6-1.

Unseeded Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, ranked 91st on the earth, toppled two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the third seed, 6-4, 6-1 to succeed in the quarters.

“We each have fairly huge serves and she or he’s excellent hitting from the baseline,” Kovinic stated. “At present it was the important thing that I attempted, and did it rather well, to take her tempo of the ball and use her vitality. As you’ll be able to see, her returns on my second serve had been generally unimaginable— I did not even transfer and the ball handed by me, however in some way I managed.”

Kovinic broke twice for a 5-1 lead within the second set, then served out the victory with 4 straight service winners.

Kovinic will battle for a spot within the semi-finals in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, who superior when sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired whereas main their match 6-0, 2-2 with a left leg harm.

Muguruza fired 10 winners to Putintseva’s one within the first set. She mustered a break of serve after a medical day out early within the second earlier than opting to name it a day.

“I used to be already feeling some ache in my first match,” stated Muguruza, a former world primary who ended a two-year title drought in Dubai final month.

“The swap of arduous courts to clay was robust, and in a really quick period of time. I began very nicely, and impulsively I felt a pointy ache in my leg, and it received worse,” the Spaniard stated. “I did not need to proceed with out enjoying my finest tennis. It did not make sense to me.”

US teen Coco Gauff booked a quarter-final assembly with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Gauff beat compatriot Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) whereas Jabeur rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over France’s Alize Cornet.

American Sloane Stephens, the 2016 Charleston champion, beat Australian Ajla Tomlmanovic 6-3, 6-4 to e book a quarter-final conflict with Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who downed Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara 6-0, 6-3.

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