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Tauson topples Alexandrova again in Luxembourg

Vondrousova and Cornet also advance in Luxembourg while Putintseva wins in Portoroz

Clara Tauson Lyon 2021 WTA Clara Tauson / Panoramic

There was a sense of deja vu as Clara Tauson upset fourth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova at the WTA Luxembourg Open.

The 18-year-old defeated the same opponent en route to claiming a maiden WTA Tour title in Lyon in March and repeated the feat here, again on an indoor court.

On this occasion, Clara Tauson needed to come back from a break down in the deciding set to clinch a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) triumph and book her spot in the quarter-finals.

Fifth seed Marketa Vondrousova had no such trouble – the Czech was a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 winner over Jana Fett. Eight seed Alize Cornet also made the last eight with a 6-3, 6-3 win over home favourite Mandy Minella, while Ludmilla Samsonova, the seventh seed, needed a pair of tie-breaks to overcome Oceane Dodin.

In first-round action, sixth seed Zhang Shuai lost in three sets to Marie Bouzkova.

At the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz in Slovenia, second seed Yulia Putintseva was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Katie Boulter. Third seed Alison Riske, Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic and qualifier Lucia Bronzetti also made it through in round of 16 action.

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