Gauff reaches grass-court quarters for 1st time

Tennis

BERLIN — Coco Gauff reached her first grass-court quarterfinal by beating Chinese language qualifier Wang Xinyu 6-0, 6-4 Thursday on the Berlin Open.

The American 18-year-old, who reached her first Grand Slam last on the French Open on clay this month, cruised by way of the primary set however then needed to come from a break down within the second.

Gauff made her breakthrough by making the fourth spherical at Wimbledon in 2019 as a 15-year-old and can subsequent face Karolina Pliskova, who reached the ultimate on the All England Membership final 12 months.

High-seeded Ons Jabeur saved a set level within the second-set tiebreaker earlier than changing her fifth match level to beat qualifier Alycia Parks 6-2, 7-6 (8).

Additionally, Thursday, Veronika Kudermetova overcame a disappointing second set to beat defending champion Liudmila Samsonova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 and clinch the final quarterfinal spot. Kudermetova had led 4-0 within the second set after which held a match level within the tenth sport earlier than Samsonova rallied.

Kudermetova will face No. 8-seeded Belinda Bencic, who beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

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