Nottingham Open: Shuai Zhang reaches last-eight; Magda Linette ousted

Alison Riske and Caroline Garcia completed the pre-quarter-final line-up in the British event

by Abbey Johnson
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Nottingham Open: Shuai Zhang reaches last-eight; Magda Linette ousted

Shuai Zhang defeated Briton’s Jodie Burrage to reach the quarter-finals of the Nottingham Open on Wednesday. The Chinese, seeded fourth, defeated the qualifier, 6-2, 7-6(4) in an hour and 23 minutes. Zhang won 67% of her first-serve points to Burrage’s 64% and 48% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 43%.

In terms of break-point conversion, while Zhang saved two of the four break points she faced, she converted four of the six break points she had on Burrage’s serve. In the quarter-finals, Zhang will play Tereza Martincova.

The Czech upset eighth seed Magda Linette in their second-round match, 6-2, 7-6(3) in an hour and 39 minutes. Martincova won almost 74% of her first-serve points to Linette’s 61% and almost 62% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 45%.

Martincova saved one of the two break points she faced while converting three of the five break points she had on the Pole’s serve. Viktorija Golubic also advanced to the quarter-finals after winning her second-round match against Heather Watson.

The Swiss needed 90 minutes to post a 7-5, 6-2 win over the Briton. For a place in the semi-finals, Golubic will take on either fifth seed Ajla Tomljanovic or Watson’s fellow Briton, Katie Boulter next.

Nottingham Open: Delayed wrapping up of opening-round matches

Meanwhile, two remaining first-round matches were also completed on Wednesday after they were suspended on Tuesday due to rain.

Alison Riske defeated Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 26 minutes. The sixth-seeded American won 72% of her first-serve points to Snigur’s 60% and 52% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 33%.

She broke Snigur’s serve four times while saving two of the four break points she faced. In the second round of the Nottingham Open, Riske will play Caroline Garcia whose first-round match was also suspended on Tuesday. The Frenchwoman beat Riske’s compatriot, Lauren Davis 6-3, 7-6(3) in an hour and 38 minutes.

Magda Linette Alison Riske Caroline Garcia
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