Barty, Stephens enter Charleston Open quarterfinals

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty continued her quest for a second straight title, rallying previous Shelby Rogers to achieve the quarterfinals on the Volvo Car Open on Thursday evening.

The top-seeded Barty hadn’t performed in an 11-month stretch from February 2020 till the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne in January as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Rogers gave Barty a problem, charging from behind to win the second set and tying issues at 4-all within the third.

But the Australian received the final two video games to shut out the match, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4, on the season’s first clay-court occasion. Barty will face Paula Badosa of Spain on Friday for a spot within the semifinals. Badosa defeated American Catherine McNally 6-3, 6-3.

“It has been a very quick turnaround,” she stated of adjusting surfaces. “I’m still allowing myself time to get used to that. But with each match, that will get better and better.”

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Others within the ultimate eight embody former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who hadn’t superior to a event quarterfinals because the French Open in 2019.

Stephens ousted Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-4 and can play for a spot within the semifinals towards Russian Veronika Kudermetova. Kudermetova, seeded fifteenth within the season’s first clay-court occasion, topped Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-0, 6-3.

Kvitova bows out, Muguruza retires harm

Also reaching the quarters is the youngest competitor right here in 17-year-old American Coco Gauff, the 14th seed who defeated countrywoman Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (2).

Gauff has superior to the quarterfinal spherical in three of final 4 tournaments. She stated when she misplaced a number of factors in a row within the second set towards Davis, she snapped herself again into the match.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded third, fell to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 6-4, 6-1.

The sixth seed, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, was forward in her match with Yulia Puntintseva of Kazakhstan earlier than retiring with a left leg damage.

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