BRONX, NY, USA -- No.1 seed Wang Qiang of China booked her spot in the NYJTL Bronx Open quarterfinals with a Wednesday afternoon win over qualifier Fiona Ferro of France, 6-1, 6-4.
"I just tried to build my confidence for this tournament," Wang said, after her first victory since she defeated Tamara Zidansek in the second round of Wimbledon.
Wang, the top-ranked Chinese player at World No.18, came into the match with a 2-1 head-to-head lead on Ferro, although the Frenchwoman had won their most recent clash in Strasbourg this year. Nevertheless, Wang notched another win over her opponent after an hour and eight minutes of play.
27-year-old Wang converted six of her eight break points during the match, and won a matching 65 percent of points on both her first and second serves. World No.72 Ferro, who won her first WTA singles title in Lausanne earlier this season, had four double faults and won just 40 percent of points on her second serve.
Wang, who is aiming for her third career WTA singles title this week, will take on either Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania or Russian lucky loser Anna Blinkova in the last eight of the event.
"For me, it’s preparing for the US Open, so I will try my best this tournament," said Wang.
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After an early exchange of service breaks in the first two games, Wang began to take control of the opening frame, starting with another break of Ferro to go up 2-1, then garnering the first hold of the match to consolidate for 3-1.
Wang reeled off five straight games in total as Ferro was unable to quell her own unforced errors, which included three double faults. The Frenchwoman’s final double fault of the set handed Wang double set point at 5-1, and the Chinese player needed only one to take the one-set lead after a netted backhand from Ferro.
Wang took an initial lead in the second set as well. After holding at love with a beautiful lob for 3-2, the Chinese No.1 broke for 4-2 after a forehand miscue by Ferro. But Ferro was able to steer back on serve in the next game, polishing off a service break with a bold backhand winner down the line.
However, Wang used a backhand down-the-line winner of her own to hold for 5-4 and keep herself in the lead, and was rewarded when a double fault and a wide forehand by Ferro set up two match points for Wang in the next game. On the first match point, a Ferro unforced error ended a rally, and Wang moved into the elite eight in the Bronx.