Top seed Simona Halep and wildcard Eugenie Bouchard both needed three sets to progress into the Prague Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
After losing the first set to former doubles No.1 Barbora Krejcikova as a result of not being able to fight off any of the three break points she faced, the top-seeded Halep managed to force the decider by edging the second set on her sixth set point. Down 2-0 in the third set, Halep won six games in a row, converting her first match point when her 118th-ranked Czech opponent double-faulted. En route to a 3-6 7-5 6-2 victory, Halep made 10 double faults.
The Romanian’s quarterfinal opponent will be Polish lucky loser Magdalena Frech, who beat Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-3 2-6 6-4 to reach her maiden career quarterfinal.
Having wasted a 4-1 lead in the second set, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard needed two hours and 52 minutes to get past Tamara Zidansek 7-6(2) 6-7 (2) 6-2 and set up a quarterfinal meeting with third seed Elise Mertens.
Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain cruised past Laura Siegemund 6-2 6-3 and awaits the winner of the only unfinished second-round match, the one between Irina-Camelia Begu and Leonie Kung.
Our Jimmie48 was as hard-working as ever, bringing us photos from all Thursday’s singles matches in Prague:
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