Tennis- Third seed Yulia Putintseva faced a straight sets loss against local player Kurumi Nara whereas sixth seed Shuai Zhang and seventh seed Christina McHale booked their places in the Quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open WTA Tournament.
Highest ranked player left in the draw, Putintseva faced Kurumi Nara, who she had beaten 4 times in 4 meetings, including the last one in Charleston this year. But Putintseva was very poor on her serve in the first set, as she won just 27% points on her first serve.
She could not hold any service game in the first set as Nara took the first set 6-2. In the second set Putintseva was able to hold two service games but Nara broke her twice and held all of service games to took the second set 6-2 and reached Quarterfinals, where she will face Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.
Sixth seed Shuai Zhang registered a straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 win over another local player Naomi Osaka, to reach set up a Quarterfinal clash with USA's Varvara Lepchenko, who had knocked out fourth seed Johanna Larsson in second round.
After beating the second seed Yanina Wickmayer in first round, Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic defeated Poland's Magda Linette in 3 sets 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-3 in 2 hours and 32 minutes to reach last 8 where she will face seventh seed Christina McHale of USA, who came back from one set down to beat Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in 2 hours and 24 minutes.
Another American Alison Riske eased past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Sasnovich had knocked out top seed Misaki Doi in the first round. Riske will take on Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova now.
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