NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - No.6 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova edged past a stern challenge from Carla Suárez Navarro in straight sets to reach her seventh quarterfinal of 2017 at the Connecticut Open.
After seeing a 4-1 lead slip away in the first set, Pavlyuchenkova rallied to take it in a tiebreak, then raised her level to complete the 7-6(3), 6-0 victory after just over an hour and a half on court.
“I fight for every point, I want to win every point and every match so it gets a bit emotional,” Pavlyuchenkova explained the roller coaster first set.
“I felt a little bit tired, so I didn’t want to lose the first set for sure. Carla is a great player, a great fighter and was giving me a hard time in both sets - even the second set, where the score doesn’t really show how tough it was.”
She will take on the winner between Alize Cornet and No.2 seed Dominika Cibulkova in the next round.
Joining Pavlyuchenkova in the quarterfinals are Zhang Shuai and Kirsten Flipkens, the winners of today's earlier second round matches.
Zhang survived a marathon battle against Polish qualifier Magda Linette to edge through 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3. With Peng Shuai already in the New Haven quarterfinals, Zhang’s victory marks the first time that two Chinese players have reached the last eight at a Premier-Level event since Rome in 2014, where Zhang and Li Na reached the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Flipkens weathered a late comeback bid from Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan to win 6-1, 7-6(1).