2
0
1

Kuznetsova Books Citi Open QF Berth

Svetlana Kuznetsova joined two other Russians in the Washington DC quarterfinals by holding off Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday.

Published July 31, 2014 12:13

Kuznetsova Books Citi Open QF Berth
Svetlana Kuznetsova

WASHINGTON DC, USA - Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was one of three Russians to secure entry into the Citi Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Watch live action from Washington DC this week on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!

The sixth-seeded Kuznetsova withstood comeback attempts by Kirsten Flipkens in each set, eventually winning eight of the last nine points from 5-5 in the second en route to a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

"I was up 4-1 in the first set and then it got complicated," Kuznetsova said. "I was up 5-2 in the second, and again it got complicated. I need to do a better job closing matches out, but I'm just looking forward to playing more matches in the US Open Series to get prepared for the US Open."

Next up for 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open champion Kuznetsova is Vania King, who converted on five of seven break points and saved five of six on her own serve in her 6-1, 6-3 defeat of fellow American Christina McHale. She also staged a mini comeback from 3-1 down in the second set, winning five straight games to close out the match.

An all-Russian quarterfinal between No.2 seed Ekaterina Makarova and No.5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was also set.

Up a set but down a break at 4-3 in the second set against Lauren Davis, Makarova broke, held and broke again to seal a 6-2, 6-4 triumph that saw her win 25 of 32 first serve points.

Pavlyuchenkova broke serve in six of her nine return games and was a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata, advancing to her first WTA quarterfinal since winning Paris [Indoors] in February.

Pavlyuchenkova is 4-2 in her head-to-head with Makarova.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Jankovic Captures Nanchang Title

    August 02, 2015
    Jelena Jankovic won her first title of the year on Sunday, edging her fifth straight opponent from the Asia-Pacific to conquer the Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open in Nanchang.
  • Pereira Makes History At Home In Brazil

    August 01, 2015
    Teliana Pereira outlasted a WTA Rising Star to win the Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis, becoming just the second Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title in Brazil.
  • Watch Jankovic Go For Nanchang Title

    August 01, 2015
    Jelena Jankovic is a win away from her first title of the year at the Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open. She'll take on a giant-killer in the final - watch it live, free, on wtatennis.com!
To The Top
3