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Porsche Grand Prix: Jabeur fights back to cool red-hot Ostapenko and reach quarter-finals
The world No 4 will play either Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia or Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 6 seed, in the next round
Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the No 3 seed, stood on the brink of exiting the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in the second round on Wednesday as she went up against a red-hot Jelena Ostapenko, the former Roland-Garros champion, in Stuttgart.
The Latvian played her usual brand of power-hitting tennis to win the first set 6-1 and go up a break in the second to lead 5-3 and serve for the match.
However, Jabeur withstood the storm and when she got a small chance to break back at 5-4 in the second, she took it and then pressed further to cool down the red-hot Ostapenko and take the match into a decider.
The 28-year-old Tunisian, ranked No 4 in the world, finally emerged a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 winner to extend her winning streak to six matches after winning the Charleston title earlier this month.
The win evens the head-to-head between the two players at 2-2. Jabeur will next face either Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No 6 seed, or Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last eight.
The Tunisian had received a bye in the first round while Ostapenko, ranked No 22 in the world, had defeated wildcard Emma Raducanu (6-2, 6-1) in the previous round in Stuttgart.
Stuttgart WTA 500, other round of 16 results (Porsche-Arena, EUR 780,637)
- Aryna Sabalenka (2) beat Barbora Krejcikova: 6-2, 6-3
- Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Elena Rybakina
- Tatjana Maria vs. Caroline Garcia
- Iga Swiatek vs. Qinwen Zheng
- Paula Badosa vs. Cristina Bucsa
- Coco Gauff vs. Anastasia Potapova
- Donna Vekic vs. Karolina Pliskova
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