Mur­ray into quar­ters, young­sters take charge

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Andy Mur­ray stormed into the China Open quar­ter-fi­nals with a 6-2, 6-1 vic­tory over An­drey Kuznetsov yes­ter­day, as on the outer courts the tour­na­ment’s younger play­ers ap­peared in con­trol.

The 49th-ranked Rus­sian broke Mur­ray’s serve in the first game, bat­tling through four deuces to take the first point of the match. The world num­ber two dropped an­other serve in the first set, and one in the sec­ond, but oth­er­wise al­lowed the 25-yearold lit­tle room as he closed out the match in 76 min­utes.

The women’s top seed An­gelique Ker­ber booked her spot in the round of 16, beat­ing Barbora Strycova in two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). “I was just try­ing to be more ag­gres­sive, so that was my plan, to just to go for it, and (to make) her run,” Ker­ber said af­ter the match.

The Ger­man two-time Grand Slam cham­pion will meet 22-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svi­tolina, who downed Savine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4. Other mem­bers of the younger gen­er­a­tion also took charge Wed­nes­day. Ninth-ranked 21-year-old Madi­son Keys dis­missed two-time Grand Slam cham­pion Svet­lana Kuznetsova, 31, in two sets, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. The Amer­i­can is tar­get­ing a spot in the fi­nal to qual­ify for the eight-player WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore for the first time, but will have to get through two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Bri­ton Jo­hanna Konta is also still in the run­ning to qual­ify for the sea­son fi­nale for the first time-and pos­si­bly break into the top ten-as she beat Timea Ba­bos 7-5, 6-2.

Twenty-one-year-old Bri­tish qual­i­fier Kyle Ed­mund out­gunned 18th-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to set up a quar­ter fi­nal meet with Mur­ray.

Mean­while, Ger­man teenager Alexan­der Zverev beat Amer­i­can Jack Sock, who is five years his se­nior, 6-4, 6-2. He will face 13thranked veteran David Fer­rer, 34, in the next round. Zverev claimed the scalp of world num­ber 10 Do­minic Thiem in the first round of the China Open, a week af­ter he beat world num­ber three Stan Wawrinka to claim his maiden ca­reer ti­tle in St Peters­burg.

Twenty-two-year-old Caro­line Gar­cia crushed the home crowd’s hopes as she ousted Peng Shuai, 30, af­ter a tense three set tie break, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4). —AFP

BEI­JING: Andy Mur­ray of Bri­tain serves against An­drey Kuznetsov of Rus­sia dur­ing the men’s sin­gle sec­ond round of the China Open tennis tour­na­ment in Bei­jing yes­ter­day. Mur­ray won 6-2 6-1. —AFP

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