Berdych sur­vives scare against Kuznetsov in St. Petersburg

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

To­mas Berdych had to dig deep to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals of the St. Petersburg Open yes­ter­day as he beat An­drey Kuznetsov in a de­cid­ing-set tiebreak.

The world No. 9, seeded third, strug­gled to re­turn serves as he bat­tled to a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) win over Kuznetsov, the top-ranked Rus­sian at 46th.

Berdych next plays Ital­ian Paolo Lorenzi, who saw off French qual­i­fier Alexan­dre Si­dorenko 7-6 (6), 6-4 in their sec­ond-round en­counter.

Ear­lier, seventh-seeded Vik­tor Troicki beat fel­low Ser­bian Du­san La­jovic 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quar­ter­fi­nal meet­ing with U.S. Open cham­pion Stan Wawrinka.

Por­tu­gal’s eighth-seeded Joao Sousa also reached the quar­ter­fi­nals, beat­ing 18-year-old Rus­sian wild card An­drey Rublev 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3.

Sas­novich up­sets 3rd seed Pliskova at Pan Pa­cific Open

Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich pro­duced the big­gest up­set of the Pan Pa­cific Open yes­ter­day, oust­ing third-seeded Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Sas­novich, of Be­larus, beat the U.S. Open fi­nal­ist 6-4, 6-2 for her first win over a top-10 player. She will face lo­cal fa­vorite Naomi Osaka in the next round.

“I was ex­pect­ing now to be go­ing to Wuhan for the next tour­na­ment be­cause I know Karolina is a re­ally good player and I didn’t ex­pect to win to­day,” Sas­novich said. “But, you know, it’s life and it’s ten­nis. The ball is round.”

Top-seeded Gar­bine Mugu­ruza also ad­vanced with a com­fort­able 6-3, 6-3 win over Anas­tasija Sev­as­tova.

Mugu­ruza, who lost to Sev­as­tova in the sec­ond round of the U.S. Open, broke her op­po­nent five times to set up a quar­ter­fi­nal with Elina Svi­tolina. She beat eighth-seeded Anastasia Pav­lyuchenkova 7-6 (5), 6-4.

“Maybe there was a lit­tle bit of pres­sure,” Mugu­ruza said. “But I’m so happy that I came back as top seed, be­cause it means that I’m im­prov­ing and hope­fully I can be in the fi­nal.”

Also, Magda Linette saved two match points to de­feat Yu­lia Putint­seva 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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