Monterrey Open: Former champion Elina Svitolina takes her place in the last-eight

Nuria Parrizas Diaz, Qiang Wang and Marie Bouzkova completed the QF line-up

by Abbey Johnson
Monterrey Open: Former champion Elina Svitolina takes her place in the last-eight

Elina Svitolina racked up another win for herself to reach the quarter-finals of the Monterrey Open on Thursday. The tournament top seed, however, had to battle for two hours and 24 minutes to claim a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 win over Viktoriya Tomova.

The match saw both players vie for dominating the proceedings before Svitolina had the final say to wrap up the win for herself. After her win, speaking on-court, the Ukrainian shared, “It was an extremely tough match today.

I think Viktoriya played a really good match, and I had to really fight back in the third set to bring back my best game and try to come back in the match. In the end, I managed to win six games in a row, so it's a good effort for me.

It was an extremely tough first set, (the) second set didn't go my way, and then the third set I was 0-2 down. I was not playing my best, but I was fighting, until the very end. And you know, the Ukrainian flag (in the crowd) really helped me today to fight...

I was really fighting until the end, and I found my game in the end”. In what’s the first quarter-final for her this season, Svitolina will play fifth seed, Camila Osorio.

Monterrey Open: Marie Bouzkova's Mexican party continues

China’s Qiang Wang set up a quarter-final against Leylah Fernandez after winning her round-of-16 match against Mayar Sherif.

Wang won 6-0, 6-7(2), 6-3 in two hours and 22 minutes. In the last match of the day, Marie Bouzkova ousted Petra Martic in their second-round encounter. The Czech wrapped up a 6-4, 6-2 win in an hour and 34 minutes. For a place in the semi-finals, Bouzkova will play Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Lastly, sixth seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz, the only other seed to play her second-round match on Thursday at the Lyon Open, advanced to the quarters. The Spaniard defeated Heather Watson 6-4, 7-6(2) in an hour and 36 minutes. Parrizas Diaz will play fellow countrywoman, Sara Sorribes Tormo next.

Elina Svitolina Qiang Wang Marie Bouzkova