Pan Pacific Open: Unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi stuns Sloane Stephens; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova through to quarter-finals

The unseeded Italian Giorgi, who reached the semi-finals last year, beat the 2017 US Open champion to set up a quarter-final match against Belgian Elise Mertens

The Associated Press September 19, 2019 20:22:47 IST
Pan Pacific Open: Unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi stuns Sloane Stephens; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova through to quarter-finals
  • Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday

  • The unseeded Italian, who reached the semi-finals last year, beat the 2017 US Open champion to set up a quarter-final match against Belgian Elise Mertens

  • Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan faces top-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan in the quarter-finals after she defeated qualifier Varvara Flink 6-1, 6-

Osaka: Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday.

Pan Pacific Open Unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi stuns Sloane Stephens Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova through to quarterfinals

File image of Camila Giorgi. AFP

The unseeded Italian, who reached the semi-finals last year, beat the 2017 US Open champion to set up a quarter-final match against Belgian Elise Mertens.

"It was a good match for sure and I was able to play my game, show off my attacking style and be consistent. When I play I always focus on myself. I only made a few mistakes. That's always been my way, ever since I was little, to attack, to go forward, to put the pressure on. This surface suits my game, too," Giorgi said.

Giorgi dropped her serve at 5-2 in the second set but she sealed the victory in the next game on her fourth match point.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat second-seeded Kiki Bertens 6-1, 7-5 to progress to the last eight, described her win as "super-tough."

Wild card Misaki Doi will be Pavlyuchenkova's opponent in the last eight after the Japanese upset seventh-seeded Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan faces top-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan in the quarter-finals after she defeated qualifier Varvara Flink 6-1, 6-1.

At the Korea Open in Seoul, third-seeded Karolina Muchova reached her third quarter-final in her last four tournaments when she defeated qualifier Timea Babos 6-2, 6-3.

"I was trying to be more focused on myself, to play my game, and it worked out. I think I played pretty solid today, and it was enough to win the match," the Czech said.

Muchova will next take on Australian qualifier Priscilla Hon, who edged fifth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

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