WTA Round-up | Boulter retires in Lyon, as Fernandez survives in Monterrey

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British No 4 Katie Boulter was forced to retire because of injury at the WTA 250 Open 6eme Sens Metropole in Lyon, France, on Wednesday, while 2nd-seeded Sorana Cirstea, No 3 seed Viktorija Golubic and 7th-seed Alison Van Uytvanck all advanced.

Cirstea, from Romania, reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-5, second-round, win over Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele, where she will face Hungary’s Anna Bondar, who was leading 6-3 when Britain’s Katie Boulter retired with an apparent injury to her left leg.

The Romanian won 69% of her first-serve points to Voegele’s 68%, and 46% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 24%.

The World No 30 saved 4 of the 7 break points she faced while converting 6 of the 11 break points that came her way on her opponent’s serve.

Golubic, another Swiss, rallied for a 1-6 6-4 6-4 win in her first-round match against Japanese alternate Mai Hontama after 2 hours and 10 minutes, and she now meets Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, a 6-3 2-6 6-4 winner over Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam in round two for a spot in the quarters.

Hontama was nearly unplayable in the first set as she won almost 77% points off her first serves to Golubic’s 38% and did not face a single break point but, across the next 2 sets, she faced 12 break points while losing her serve 6 times.

Van Uytvanck from Belgium also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 defeat of Russia’s Varvara Gracheva.

The Belgian needed in an hour and 22 minutes to advance, winning 68% of her first-serve and 50% of her second-serve points while Gracheva won 50% of her first-serve points and 32% of her second-serve points.

In the quarter-finals, Van Uytvanck awaits the second-round match between France’s Caroline Garcia and Martina Trevisan from Italy.

 

Defending champion Leylah Fernandez survived a scare against Zheng Qinwen, winning a 3rd set breaker to advance

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At the Abierto GNP Seguros WTA 250 tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, 2nd-seeded Leylah Fernandez survived a scare to advance to quarter-finals, pushed to the end before posting a 6-1 4-6 7-6(3) win over China’s Qinwen Zheng in the second-round on Wednesday.

The defending champion from Canada saved 5 of 6 break points against the fellow 19-year-old., and she will now face the winner of a match between two unseeded players, Wang Qiang, another Chinese, and Mayer Sherif of Egypt.

The Canadian, currently ranked 21 in the world after shooting up the rankings when she reached the final of the US Open, is playing in her first tournament since bowing out of the first round of the Australian Open in January.

Fernandez needed 2 hours and 42 minutes to defeat Zheng, and of the two players, it was the Chinese who won more points off her first serves – 76% to Fernandez’s 70%, but while the left-hander won 59% of her second-serve points, Zheng could only manage to win 49%.

Fernandez went 5 on 6 on break points saved, while Zheng saved 10 of the 12 break points she faced, and neither player managed a service break in the deciding set.

Also advancing to the quarter-finals were 4th-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain, Camila Osorio, the 5th seed from Colombia, and Brazil’s unseeded Beatriz Haddad Maia, all straight-set winners.

Sorribes Tormo was an easy winner over France’s Harmony Tan, 6-2 6-2, while Osorio was pushed a bit harder but prevailed 7-6(2) 6-3, and Hadda Maia saw off China’s Wang Xinyu, 6-2 6-2.

The Brazilian, ranked 69, took an hour 14 minutes to dispatch Wang, winning 82% of her first-serve points to the Chinese’s near-55%, and saved all 3 break points she faced while converting 4 of the 8 break points she had on Wang’s serve.

Britain’s Heather Watson is in singles action on Thursday against Nuria Parrizas Diaz, the 8th seed from Spain, followed by a quarter-final doubles match later in the day.

 

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