Berdych survives scare against Kuznetsov in St. Petersburg
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.