ZHENGZHOU, China - No.6 seed Yanina Wickmayer dispatched promising Chinese teenager Wang Xiyu with the loss of just four games to lead the charge of players into the quarterfinals at the Biyuan Cup Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open on Wednesday.
The former US Open semifinalist and World No.12 dispatched the 17-year-old, who reached the junior US Open final is doubles last summer, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Japanese qualifier Mai Minokoshi.
The Japanese World No.336 advanced when lucky loser You Xaodi, who replaced top seed Zhang Shuai as she withdrew with a gastrointestional illness prior to the start of play, retired trailing 7-5, 4-1.
American Danielle Lao and former World No.60 Zheng Saisai rounded out the first half of the quarterfinalists in Wednesday's play.
Lao defeated Japan's Eri Hozumi, 6-3, 6-3, while Zheng rallied from a set down to defeat compatriot Liu Fangzhou, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Thursday's play will see a trio of home favorites looking to book their spots in the quarterfinals, as No.4 seed Wang Yafan, No.5 seed Duan Ying-Ying and No.8 seed Zhu Lin take on Sabina Sharipova, Lu Jia-Jing and Miharu Imanishi, respectively.