Winners Open: Kristina Kucova pips Irina Bara to reach QF

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Winners Open: Kristina Kucova pips Irina Bara to reach QF

Kristina Kucova defeated Irina Bara to advance to the quarter-finals of the Winners Open on Thursday. The eighth seed came from a set down against the Romanian to clinch a 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5) victory after three hours and four minutes of play.

Bara won 75% points off her first serve while Kucova won 67%. In terms of break point conversion, Bara fared relatively better saving seven of the 11 break points she faced. Kucova, on the other hand, saved seven of the 13 break points she faced.

Kucova, however, held her nerves better during the crucial moments which helped her get through despite finishing with 115 points to Bara’s 116. This is the second time in almost a month that Kucova has come from a set down to defeat Bara.

At the Poland Open in July, the Slovakian had come through after being down a set against Bara in their second-round match.

Winners Open: Mayar Sherif's milestone win

Meanwhile, in Cluj-Napoca, Kucova will take on Mayar Sherif.

The Egyptian defeated Alexandra Eala 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes in their pre-quarter-final match. Sherif saved all six break points she faced while converting all four break points she had on the Filipino’s serve. In reaching the last eight, Sherif also carved a slice of history for herself by becoming the first player from Egypt to reach the quarters of a WTA tournament.

Kristyna Pliskova also moved into the quarters in Romania. The Czech won against Poland’s Katarzyna Kawa 6-4, 6-4 in a minute short of the two-hour mark. Pliskova broke Kawa six times while saving 16 of the 20 break points she faced.

The southpaw will face Mihaela Buzarnescu for a place in the semi-finals. The Romanian booked her place in the last eight of the Winners Open with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena. Buzarnescu, who’s the last home player left in the draw, needed an hour and 35 minutes to complete her second-round match. Photo Credit: Winners Open Twitter