Triple treat in Cleveland as seeds fall

IT WAS a stunning day of upsets in Cleveland as the top three seeds fell in the women’s singles, leaving the draw wide open. The WTA Tour 250 event saw Barbora Krejcikova, Martina Trevisan and Ekaterina Alexandrova all bundled out by unseeded opponents. While Trevisan pulled out pre-match allowing China’s Shuai Zhang safe passage to the quarter finals, American duo Bernarda Pera and Madison Brengle both advanced through to the final eight on home soil.

Pera was able to toppled Roland Garros champion Krejcikova in straight sets 6-4 6-1, while Brengle had a tougher time against Alexandrova, coming back from a set down to break twice in crucial moments in the final two sets to win, 3-6 7-5 7-5. In the biggest upset of the day, Pera won 71 and 78 per cent of her first and second serve points, only dropping 12 points – including two double faults – on serve. She did not face a break point and secured four of nine from her own opportunities as Krejcikova struggled off her second serve, winning just 38 per cent of points off a 51 per cent clip.

In Brengle’s win over Alexandrova, the America served at an incredible 84 per cent compared to the Russian’s 67 per cent, but both players came away with near-identical service point wins. Only securing six more points than her opponent in total (96-90), Brengle converted a whopping nine break points from 16 changes, while Alexandrova broke from each of the eight chances she had. In total, 17 of the 33 games resulted in the receiver winning that game. Meanwhile in the other result, Russian Liudmila Samsonova knocked off German qualifier Laura Siegemund to reach the final eight.

Samsonova will now take on Poland’s Magda Linette, with Pera taking on compatriot and wildcard Sofia Kenin to try and knock off a second successive Grand Slam winner. Brengle will tackle seventh seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while Zhang takes on eighth seed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. Across at Granby, top seed Daria Kasatkina was a rare seeded winner, as third and fourth seeded players Jasmine Paolini and Anna Bondar both fell. In their place, Rebecca Marino and Tatjana Maria advanced, while China’s Xiyu Wang, France’s Dianne Parry and Australian Daria Saville also advanced.

All the results including those at Winston-Salem for the ATP 250 event are below.


Winston-Salem- ATP 250 | Hard

Round of 16:

[2] Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED) defeated [15] Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-3 6-3
[4] Maxime Cressy (USA) defeated [14] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 6-7 6-2 7-6
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) defeated [8] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-3 6-3
[10] Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) defeated Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 7-5 6-2
[Q] Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) defeated [11] Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 7-6 3-6 7-6
[13] Jack Draper (GBR) defeated [WC] Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-1 6-4
Laslo Djere (SRB) defeated [Q] Jason Kubler (AUS) 7-6 6-7 6-3
Richard Gasquet (FRA) defeated Steve Johnson (USA) 6-7 6-4 6-3

Cleveland – WTA 250 | Hard

Round of 16:

Bernarda Pera (USA) defeated [1] Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 6-4 6-1
Shuai Zhang (CHN) defeated [2] Martina Trevisan (ITA) W/O
Madison Brengle (USA) defeated [3] Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 3-6 7-5 7-5
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated [Q] Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-2 6-1

Granby – WTA 250 | Hard

Round of 16:

[1] Daria Kasatkina (RUS) defeated Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-3 6-2
Rebecca Marino (CAN) defeated [3] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 4-6 6-1 6-2
Tatjana Maria (GER) defeated [4] Anna Bondar (HUN) 6-3 6-2
Xiyu Wang (CHN) defeated [Q] Cadence Brace (CAN) 7-6 6-1
Diane Parry (FRA) defeated [8] Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-3 7-6
[9] Daria Saville (AUS) defeated [WC] Katherine Sebov (CAN) 6-1 6-0

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