HOBART, Australia - American Sofia Kenin turned around deficits in both sets to book her spot in the last eight at the Hobart International on Wednesday, rallying to defeat Ons Jabeur, 7-6(6), 6-3.
The World No.56 rallied from a break down in each set to advance to her fourth career WTA quarterfinal, where she'll face No.7 seed Kirsten Flipkens.
Kenin trailed 3-1 in the opening set and saved two set points on serve in the 10th game before edging ahead in a tiebreak, needing three set points of her own to take a one-set lead.
Set two proved a near-identical affair, as the American trailed by the same score before she won the last five games of the match overall.
"I'm really happy: the conditions were really tough and she's a great player," Kenin said after the match.
"I didn't start off too good, and she picked up her game, but I'm happy with the comeback and that I won the match.
"I was just fighting and not giving up. To save two set points, that really changed the momentum of the match."
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Kenin served at 80 percent over the one hour, 24-minute encounter, and withstood 10 aces and double her total of winners from the Tunisian's racquet.
Nonetheless, it was her consistency which won out against a player ranked just two spots below her on the afternoon, as Jabeur misfired 41 times in windy conditions and could not save a break point.
After taking out top seed Caroline Garcia in the opening round for the second time in as many matches between the two scoring her second win in three meetings against Jabeur, Kenin will face the former Wimbledon semifinalist in Flipkens for the first time with a spot in the semifinals on the line.
The Belgian pulled off a comeback of her own in her second-round match, winning 10 of the last 11 games to beat Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-7(3), 6-4- 6-1.
"The first set was really good from both sides I think, but in the second set my level dropped a little bit," Flipkens said.
"From 2-4 down I knew it was going to be difficult to come back, but nothing is impossible."