Rothesay Open: Alize Cornet ends Maria Sakkari's run; Britons come through to last-8

Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage and Harriet Dart kept British hopes high

by Abbey Johnson
Rothesay Open: Alize Cornet ends Maria Sakkari's run; Britons come through to last-8

No seeds remain in the Rothesay Open draw after upsetting trends dominated the two days of pre-quarter-finals, on Wednesday and Thursday. Alize Cornet upset top-seeded Maria Sakkari in their second-round clash on Wednesday.

The Frenchwoman needed an hour and 28 minutes to score a 6-1, 6-4 win over the Greek. The win also marked the 33-year-old’s 25th win against players ranked in the top-10 of the WTA rankings. Post her win, Cornet said, “I didn’t play so good at the start of the year, but I knew I could enjoy myself on this surface.

I’m super happy about my match today. Maria is a super tough opponent. She’s so intense and I know mentally she wouldn’t let go of a single point”. In the quarters, Cornet will play Eliabeth Mandlik. On Thursday, the American defeated seventh seed Camila Giorgi in a tough three-setter that lasted two hours and 26 minutes, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Swiss Viktorija Golubic upset fourth seed Donna Vekic in their round-of-16 match on Wednesday. Golubic won 6-4, 6-1 in just 71 minutes. Golubic converted five of the six break point chances that came her way on the Croatian’s serve while saving three of five break points she faced.

Meanwhile, Magdalena Frech ousted eighth seed Lin Zhu, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarters.

Rothesay Open: Home favourites don't disappoint in Nottingham

Alongside the upsets, there was also the domination of British players in the draw.

All four British players who made it to the second round also entered the quarter-finals. Heather Watson, former British no. 1 won against Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-4. Watson who played her match on Wednesday needed an hour and 24 minutes for the win.

Golubic will be her next opponent. Qualifier Harriet Dart upset fifth seed Anhelina Kalinina in their round-of-16 match-up on Thursday. Dart completed a 6-0, 7-5 win after 92 minutes of play. She will take on Katie Boulter in an all-British quarter-final.

Boulter won against Diana Snigur, 7-5, 6-3. Lastly, Jodie Burrage also advanced to the quarters of the Rothesay Open with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Polish third seed, Magda Linette. Burrage’s next rival will be Linette’s compatriot, Frech.

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