Teenager Fruhvirtova continues Charleston run; Jabeur, Osorio Serrano advance

After earning her first WTA Tour win in round one, the 15-year-old was too strong for American Emma Navarro as she reached the last eight

Linda Fruhvirtova

Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova took another step forward in her emergence on the WTA Tour as she reached the quarter-finals of the MUSC Health Women’s Open in Charleston on Thursday.

The 15-year-old world No 499, who was given a wildcard into the event, beat American Emma Navarro 6-4, 6-2 to reach the last eight, building on her progress after overcoming Alize Cornet of France in the first round for her first WTA Tour win, when the Frenchwoman retired injured at 4-4 in the final set.

Fruhvirtova will face Astra Sharma after the Australian beat No 8 seed Madison Brengle 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Favourites ease through

Top seed Ons Jabeur and in-form Maria Camila Osorio Serrano took their places in the quarter-finals. Tunisian Jabeur, still chasing her first career WTA title, beat American world No 313 Alycia Parks 6-4 6-0 to set up a clash with Nao Hibino.

Colombia’s Osorio Serrano, who won her first WTA Tour singles title in Bogota last week, came from behind to beat American Christina McHale 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-1). She will play rising Danish star Clara Tauson in the quarter-finals.

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