LIMOGES, France – No.3 seed Pauline Parmentier made smooth progress into the quarterfinals of the ENGIE Open de Limoges 2018 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tamara Korpatsch.
Parmentier, the highest ranked player remaining in the tournament, set her intentions early by winning the opening game of the match to love on her opponent’s serve. From there, the WTA World No.54 strung together four successive games to streak into the lead.
Korpatsch was able to gain a foothold by holding serve a couple of times and early in the second set even seized the initiative as she moved 3-1 by breaking her opponent for the first and only time.
The Frenchwoman was spurred into action by the deficit and immediately hit back. She wobbled a touch in the following game, saving a break point to get back to parity, and from there won another three tight games in succession to claim the match.
At the bottom of the draw, Vera Zvonareva put the breaks on Timea Bacsinszky’s run with a commanding 6-3, 6-2 win over the Canadian, who had knocked out No.2 seed Alizé Cornet in the opening round.
Meanwhile, in the top half, the other shock first-round winner, Mandy Minella, who ousted top seed Mihaela Buzarnescu, was unable to repeat her heroics against Anna Blinkova. The Russian proved too strong as she steamed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The 20-year-old will face Margarita Gasparyan for a place in the semifinals. She defeated No.5 seed Monica Niculescu, coming from behind to claim a 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Tatjana Maria has also reached the final eight, defeating Katarina Zavatska, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, and Evgeniya Rodina was too strong for home qualifier Audrey Albie, winning, 6-1, 6-4.