Quarterfinal field was completed at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Thursday. Jimmie48 is bringing us photos from the second-round matches.
Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova hit 21 aces en route to a come-from-behind victory over former Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko, who had defeated the Czech in their previous two encounters.
The world No.52 Ostapenko made nine double faults as Pliskova triumphed 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3 to set up a meeting with top-ranked Ash Barty.
Seeking her first career title on clay this week, fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka swept past Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-4 6-2.
Sabalenka’s quarterfinal opponent will be Anett Kontaveit, who eliminated Sofia Kenin on Wednesday.
Back in Stuttgart for the first time since 2018, second seed Simona Halep claimed her first win over Marketa Vondrousova, 6-1 6-3. The world No.2 was playing her first match since withdrawing from the Miami Open because of a shoulder injury.
Halep’s quarterfinal opponent will be Ekaterina Alexandrova, as the Russian upset eighth-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-1 7-5.
Alexandrova is through to her first claycourt quarterfinal.
Fourth seed Elina Svitolina has now won her last seven encounters with Angelique Kerber, having defeated the German in Stuttgart today, 7-6(4) 6-3. The Ukrainian recovered from 3-1 down in the tiebreak and dominated the second set in every department. Petra Kvitova will be Svitolina’s quarterfinal opponent.
Jimmie48 also attended one doubles match. Ashleigh Barty and Jennifer Brady took out second seeds Zhang Shuai and Xu Yifan in the quarterfinals, 6-4 6-3.
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