Silicon Valley Classic: Daria Kasatkina reaches QF; seeds exit the field



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Silicon Valley Classic: Daria Kasatkina reaches QF; seeds exit the field

Only one advanced to the quarter-finals of the four seeds who played their second-round matches at the Silicon Valley Classic on Wednesday. Shuai Zhang ousted third seed Madison Keys in their pre-quarterfinal clash. The Chinese player won 7-5, 7-6(6) in an hour and 41 minutes.

This was the seventh meeting between the two players and following this win, Zhang now leads their head-to-head, 5-2. Zhang saved seven of the 10 break points she faced while converting four of the 11 break points she had on the American’s serve.

In the quarter-finals, Zhang will play Ana Konjuh, who posted the second of the three upsets of the day. The Croatian qualified for the main draw and took down ninth seed Alison Riske in their pre-quarterfinal clash. Konjuh won 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 13 minutes to reach the last eight of a WTA 500 event for the first time in four years.

Konjuh saved both break points she faced while converting three of the seven break points she had on Riske’s serve.

Silicon Valley Classic: Magda Linette dominates Petra Martic

Meanwhile, Magda Linette improved her win-to-loss count against Petra Martic after her upset over the sixth-seeded Croatian.

The Pole won 7-5, 7-6(5) in an hour and 52 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. This is the first time that Linette has reached this far in a WTA 500 tournament. Post-match, Linette said, “She's very tough. She serves so well, so you feel immediately that you need to do really good on your serve.

In the second set, I thought that I just wanted to be as solid as I could be in my service games, but she pulled off some great shots. It was really, really tough. I knew would need to try to be a little bit more aggressive today, to be the one who dictated the points more...

it's the first time that I'm into the quarterfinals of a WTA 500 so I'm very excited and I'm playing pretty well, so I'm really happy”. Linette will take on Daria Kasatkina for a place in the semi-finals of the Silicon Valley Classic.

The fourth-seeded Russian came from a set, and a break down in the final set to win against Caroline Garcia. Kasatkina needed two hours and 30 minutes to wrap up the 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.