Strasbourg International: Karolina Pliskova makes strong inroads into pre-quarters



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Strasbourg International: Karolina Pliskova makes strong inroads into pre-quarters

Top seed Karolina Pliskova advanced to the second round of Strasbourg International on Monday. The Czech won against Marta Kostyuk, 6-4, 6-2. Bernarda Pera will be Pliskova’s next opponent. The American beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse, 7-5, 6-4 in their opener.

Second seed Angelique Kerber also came through her Monday opener in the French city. The German beat Diane Parry, 6-3, 6-4 and will next take on Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Sasnovich came through a first-round clash against fellow qualifier, Julie Gervais of France, 6-4, 6-2.

Elise Mertens, seeded fourth, also moved into the round-of-16 with a 7-5, 6-4 win over French wildcard, Carole Monnet. The Belgian will take on Anna-Lena Friedsam who ousted Daria Saville, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) in their round-of-32 match-up.

Strasbourg International: Seeds lose their way

Meanwhile, Sorana Cirstea, the third seed from Romania was the biggest upset in the first round. On Tuesday, qualifier Ekaterina Makarova came from a set down to take out Cirstea, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 34 minutes.

Makarova will play Oceane Dodin. The Frenchwoman got past Ana Konjuh, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 in their opener. Earlier on Monday, fifth seed Shuai Zhang and sixth seed Sloane Stephens also crashed out in their respective openers. Maryna Zanevska ousted Zhang 6-2, 6-3.

On Tuesday, the Belgian played her second-round match against Harmony Tan, going on to defeat the Frenchwoman, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Bosnian lucky loser, Nefisa Berberovic beat Stephens, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

This was Berberovic’s first win on the WTA tour and also her maiden win against a player ranked in the top-100. She’ll next play Kaja Juvan. The Slovenian beat Israeli qualifier, Lina Glushko, 6-3, 6-1 in their opening round.

Lastly, in the only other second-round match played on Tuesday at the Strasbourg International, eighth seed Magda Linette moved into the quarters with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Heather Watson. Linette will play either Sasnovich or Kerber next.