No.54 Martina Trevisan defeated top seed Ons Jabeur to advance to the Guadalajara Open AKRON quarterfinals. The Italian was two points from the loss before reeling in the World No.7 to win 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3
Guadalajara is Trevisan's second hard-court WTA 1000 quarterfinal this season, having reached the same stage in Miami in the spring. The victory is her first win over Jabeur and first Top 10 victory since defeating Maria Sakkari at the United Cup in January.
Trevisan will face American Caroline Dolehide for a spot in the semifinals.
How the match was won: Trevisan lost her only previous meeting against Jabeur, a 6-2, 6-2 loss in Charleston in 2021. As would be the theme of the 3-hour and 2-minute match, Trevisan was relentless in trying to prevent another routine win for the Tunisian.
Though she eventually lost the first set in a tiebreak, Trevisan saved a total of eight set points before Jabeur finally crossed the line.
2 - Martina Trevisan has made the quarterfinals of her second WTA-1000 tournament, she is the first Italian player to make multiple QFs in such tournaments during the same season since Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani did so in 2015. Victor. #GDLOpenAKRON |… pic.twitter.com/iJElalZOMM— OptaAce (@OptaAce) September 21, 2023
Turning point: The match remained closely contested in the second set. Jabeur broke Trevisan to earn a chance to serve out the match at 5-4. The Italian responded by stepping up her aggressive intent while minimizing free points for Jabeur.
The tactical change paid off immediately. With Jabeur serving at 5-4, 30-0, Trevisan stormed back to win the last three games of the set to force a decider.
With Jabeur reeling from her missed opportunities, Trevisan broke first for a 4-2 lead and closed out a physical win.
Stat of the match: Trevisan's serve was under pressure throughout the match. Sher played 135 points on her serve compared to 106 for Jabeur. But while Jabeur generated 17 break points on Trevisan's serve, she converted just four times.
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Azarenka beats Kudermetova to return to Guadalajara quarterfinals
Former No.1 Victoria Azarenka booked her spot in a second straight Guadalajara quarterfinal after defeating Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-1. The heavy scoreline is a deceptive one. Over 1-hour and 42 minutes, the margins were thin between No.23 Azarenka and No.19 Kudermetova.
Kudermetova entered the match undefeated against Azarenka, winning their two prior meetings. Kudermetova showed early that she was intent on keeping that clean record, generating four break points in the first game of the match. But after fending her off, Azarenka built a 4-1 lead, which she protected to take the set.
The key to Azarenka's win was her resilient return game in the second game of the second set. Having just lost serve for a 1-0 deficit, Azarenka came through a 28-minute game in which she saved seven game points before converting her fifth break point. The loss deflated Kudermetova, as Azarenka went on to sweep the remaining games in the match.
A semifinalist last year, Azarenka will face No.5 Caroline Garcia next.