Sillicon Valley Classic: Top seed Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka advance to quarter-finals after straight-set wins

Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA San Jose hardcourt tournament with straight-set victories

Agence France-Presse August 01, 2019 14:29:01 IST
Sillicon Valley Classic: Top seed Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka advance to quarter-finals after straight-set wins

San Fransisco: Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA San Jose hardcourt tournament with straight-set victories on Wednesday.

Sillicon Valley Classic Top seed Elina Svitolina Aryna Sabalenka advance to quarterfinals after straightset wins

File image of Elina Svitolina. AP

Svitolina defeated Russia's Darya Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 while Sabalenka dispatched American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.

Seventh-ranked Svitolina booked a last-eight date against Greek seventh seed Maria Sakkari, who eliminated Japan's Mayo Hibi 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

It was Svitolina's first match since Wimbledon, where she became the first woman from her homeland to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, and she improved to 5-0 against Kasatkina.

"I played quite a solid match for my first match on hardcourts," Svitolina said. "I'm excited for all the matches here and overall this part of the season."

Sabalenka, ranked 10th, advanced to a quarter-final against Spanish sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Mattek-Sands defeated fellow wildcard Venus Williams in the opening round.

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