Andrea Petkovic continued her success at the WTA tournament in Linz. On Thursday evening, the German defeated her compatriot Tatjana Maria 6: 1, 6: 3.
"These are for me so far German championships, but I would not have come to Austria," said Petkovic after the game. "It's always difficult to know your opponent that well." The Hessin meets on Friday on the French Kristina Mladenovic, who beat their Hungarian twin partner Timea Babos in a 2: 41-hour long battle with 6: 4, 4: 6, 7: 5. Completely contrary to their match the day before Petkovic started excellently in the game. The 31-year-old quickly took command and took the first set in less than half an hour.
Also in the second round Petkovic went fast with 3: 1 lead. Even a delicate situation with 0:30 at their own serve, they survived sovereign and easily moved into their fourth quarter-final of the current season. There she has a perfect record of 3-0 victories in 2018.Kiki Bertens fails in a crime thriller Margarita GasparyanThe number two of the tournament, Kiki Bertens, is surprisingly eliminated. Russia's Margarita Gasparyan prevailed 7: 5, 2: 6, 7: 6 (3), scoring her first victory over a top 10 player in her career. Bertens led 3-1 in the final set, But had to accept the rebreak a little later. After that, she could not use any of their six break options and pulled in the tiebreak the short straw. This Bertens has a setback in the WTA Race to Singapore plug. With a victory over the Russian woman would have provisionally taken the last qualifying place for the year-end tournament. Gasparyan, who plays her backhand with one hand, faces Camila Giorgi in the quarter-finals who beat Jil Teichmann on Wednesday.
© GEPAWTA Linz: Defending champion serving as baker In the early afternoon, the defending champion, Barbora Strycova, prevailed against her Czech compatriot Kristyna Pliskova. In a one-sided game less than 50 minutes, she won 6-0, 6-1. Strycova is after the defeats of Julia Görges and Bertens the highest seeded remaining player in the tournament.
WTA Linz: Overview of Thursday's Round of 16 Round ResultsPlayers 1Players 2ResultBarbora Strycova (CZE) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6: 0, 6: 1 Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) Kiki Bertens (NED) 7: 5, 2: 6, 7: 6 (3) Andrea Petkovic (GER) Tatjana Maria (GER) 6: 1, 6: 3 Timea Babos (HUN) Kiki Mladenovic (FRA) 8:30 pm