NÜRNBERG, Germany – Top seed Kiki Bertens stayed on track at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup after a straight sets victory over Germany’s Annika Beck, 7-5, 6-2.
The Dutchwoman struggled during the opening exchanges, though, as she fought to adjust to the damp and windy conditions. She edged through in a close first set that saw seven breaks of serve - including one as Bertens served for the set and even held a set point on her racquet.
The second was much more straightforward, with Bertens breaking twice more to fight past Beck in an hour and thirty-four minutes.
“It was really tough today,” Bertens said afterwards. “I think it was a lot different than yesterday, a little bit more cold, a little bit more wind. But I’m really happy to be through.”
The defending champion will take on Alison Riske, the No.5 seeded American, in the quarterfinals.
“I’m just here to enjoy my week and try to play my best tennis, and I think so far I’m happy. I’m really happy to be in the quarters, but [defending my title] is still a long way to go.”
Joining Bertens in the quarterfinals are No.7 seed Yaroslava Shvedova and Misaki Doi. Shvedova put together a comfortable win to knock out another German, dispatching wildcard Tatjana Maria, 6-2, 6-4, while Doi came back from a set down against Oceane Dodin, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.