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Buyukakcay Into Istanbul Quarterfinals

Cagla Buyukakcay kept alive hopes of a Turkish champion at this year's TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup with a comfortable second-round win over Sorana Cirstea.

Published April 21, 2016 12:13

Buyukakcay Into Istanbul Quarterfinals
Cagla Buyukakcay

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Cagla Buyukakcay kept alive hopes of a Turkish champion at this year's TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup with a comfortable second-round win over Sorana Cirstea.

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Prior to this year Buyukakcay had never won a match in eight appearances at her home event, but after dispatching Cirstea, 6-4, 6-2, she has now registered two in three days.

"Yes it´s my best result in my country. I am very excited," Buyukakcay said. "I think that at the beginning it´s tough, your people want you to play well, you feel the pressure. I handled it well in my first match here, and today I was focused on what I had to do well and not on the result."

A flying start saw Buyukakcay rattle off four unanswered games, and despite surrendering one of these breaks she hung on to take the set. She made a similarly bright start to the second, breaking in the opening game when a Cirstea backhand found the top of the tape.

Cirstea had her chances to get back in the match, yet was left to rue a succession of spurned break opportunities, as Buyukakcay closed out the match to the delight of her compatriots in the crowd.

"I wanted to play well from the start and I think I managed to do it for the entire match," Buyukakcay added. "I think that the difference was my mental approach and also because I feel well physically. I am also more experienced now, I have played the tournament for eight years now, and that has helped me to play better."

Meeting Buyukakcay for a place in the semifinals will be No.6 seed Nao Hibino, a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 winner over qualifier Reka-Luca Jani.

"I've nothing to lose tomorrow against Hibino. She is a great player, Top 100, and I am enjoying how I am playing and want to focus on tomorrow and play well."

Meanwhile, in the top half there were wins for Anastasija Sevastova and Kateryna Kozlova. Sevastova began Thursday's play by ousting No.8 seed Johanna Larsson, 6-4, 6-3.

"It was a very tough match but a very high-quality clay court tennis match," Sevastova said. "It was very close and only decided on a few points. It's a good start of the clay season for me and I'm looking forward to my next match and will try to do my best."

Kozlova was equally impressive in dispatching No.4 seed Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 6-4. "It was not an easy match because Kirsten doesn´t give you any rhythm so that was difficult. But the key for me was to stay calm. I am very happy to reach my win because it´s my first quarterfinal on clay. I feel good and hope to continue to do well," Kozlova said.

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