EASTBOURNE, Great Britain -- No.8 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached the quarterfinals at the Nature Valley International on Wednesday with a relatively routine 6-0, 6-4 victory over Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei.
Barty led 6-0, 4-0, being two games away from handing Hsieh a dreaded double bagel, but the crafty veteran from Chinese Taipei staged a second-set fightback before Barty regrouped to win the first meeting between the two players in 74 minutes.
Barty, who won the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham on grass two weeks ago for her first title of the season, will face top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the quarterfinals. Wozniacki overcame British No.1 Johanna Konta in three sets later on Wednesday.
Hsieh’s wily variety was no match for Barty’s solid serve-centered game in the first set. The former World No.1 in doubles was inches away from denying Barty the bagel in the first set, reaching deuce three times at 4-0, but too many miscues by Hsieh let Barty off the hook, and the Australian took a 5-0 lead.
The strong Barty forehand gave her a set point in the following game, and the Australian closed out the opener with her third ace of the encounter.
Barty saved three break points in her first service game of the second set, and held for 2-0 after seven deuces. More unforced errors flowed from the racquet of Hsieh after these opportunities were missed, and Barty zoomed to a 4-0 lead.
Hsieh finally got on the board for 4-1 after a lob forced an error from the Australian, but it seemed to be too little, too late, after Barty reached 5-1 with a forehand winner, and held a match point in the next game. But a Hsieh drop shot erased that chance, and after holding for 5-2, the player from Chinese Taipei found new life.
Hsieh broke Barty for the first time in the following game, and after she held for 5-4, the unseeded player was back in the match. Barty steeled herself, and reached triple match point with her sturdy forehand. The Australian wobbled on the first two, but a great second serve on the third was returned long by Hsieh, sending Barty into the last eight in Eastbourne.
In other third-round matches, No.7 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia eliminated No.11 seed Anastasija Sevastova, 6-4, 6-4, and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus upset No.9 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium in a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(4) barnburner.