Mertens, Rybakina battle through to San Jose quarter-finals
Danielle Collins and Yulia Putintseva are also in to the last eight at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose
Top seed Elise Mertens and second seed Elena Rybakina are through to the quarter-finals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
Mertens scored a tough 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic to reach the last eight for the fifth time on the tour this year. She will next meet No. 8 seed Yulia Putintseva, who defeated Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Second seed Elena Rybakina, who finished fourth in the women’s singles event last week at the Tokyo Olympics, punched her ticket into the quarter-finals with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over American wild card Claire Liu.
In an all-American clash under the lights, seventh seed Danielle Collins defeated former US Open winner Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Collins will next meet Rybakina for a spot in the semi-finals.
Kasatkina and Konjuh had advanced to the quarter-finals earlier
On Wednesday, fourth seed Daria Kasatkina, Madga Linette, Ana Konjuh and Shuai Zhang booked their spots in the quarter-finals. Zhang scored a 7-6, 7-6 upset win over third seed Madison Keys and will next qualifier Konjuh, who scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over ninth seed Alison Riske.
Fourth seed Kasatkina scored a tough 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Caroline Garcia and will face off against Linette, who upset the No. 6 seed Petra Martic 7-5, 7-6.