NÜRNBERG, Germany - No.2 seed Yulia Putintseva reversed another 0-2 head-to-head on Wednesday to dismiss Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 6-0, and reach the quarterfinals of the Nürnberger Versicherungcup.
Putintseva first proved her clay court prowess a year ago when she made her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros, beating the likes of Andrea Petkovic and Carla Suárez Navarro en route to pushing Serena Williams to three sets in the last eight.
The match against Wickmayer was moved to Show Court, but the young Kazakh wasted no time against the Belgian veteran, who won their two previous meetings on hardcourts and grass.
Winning nine of 10 points off the former US Open semifinalist's second serve, Putintseva gained the early initiative and never looked back in the second set, dropping just three points behind her first serve to get over the finish line after 63 minutes on court.
Into her first quarterfinal since finishing runner-up at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, she will next play Sorana Cirstea for a spot in the semifinals.
More to come...