7 second round matches were completed on Wednesday (Kiki Bertens and Cindy Burger will have to play on Thursday) and 3 seeds are left in contention, together with 2 experienced Italians. Francesca Schiavone needed just 73 minutes to dismiss Dalila Jakupovic 6-1 6-2, saving all 4 break points and winning more than 50% of the return points to score 4 breaks from 9 chances she had.
Schiavone pushed Jakupovic to the limits on the second serve (Slovenian was 4 from 21) and her win was never in doubt. Italian raced into a 5-0 lead with breaks in games 2 and 4 to wrap up the opener in some 35 minutes. She was even better in set number 2, facing no break points and stealing rival's serve in games 1 and 5 to seal the deal on own serve in game 8, reaching the first quarter-final since Nanchang in August last year.
The 3rd seed Johanna Larsson needed an hour and 40 minutes to topple Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4 6-4, in the match dotted with break points. Namely, both players had 13 opportunities for the break and it was Larsson who fend off 9 to limit the damage on her serve as much as possible.
On the other hand, Cepede Royg dropped her serve 6 times, unable to force the final set. Larsson broke in the first game to build a 3-1 lead before Cepede Royg came back to 3-3, but only to lose her serve in the following game again.
That was all Johanna wanted to close the set, serving great in the last two service games for a 6-4. The second set was a feast of breaks, as they broke each other 7 times in 10 games. Veronica had an early lead but she failed to hold in her last 3 service games and there was no way back for her from that position.
Sara Errani was also impressive in her 6-2 6-3 win against Sachia Vickery, packed in just 74 minutes. Errani served well to keep the edge on her side, she lost serve twice but that couldn't make too much difference, as she was all over her rival on return, creating 13 break points and converting 6 to bring the match safely home.
Players exchanged breaks in games 3 and 4 to stay on the level terms, but it was Errani who shifted into a higher gear, taking 16 out of the final 21 points to grab the last 4 games for a 6-2. Italian rushed into a 5-1 lead in set number 2, she failed to serve out for the win in game 8 but she prevented possible struggle by breaking Vickery again in game 9 for her first quarter-final appearance since Bastad in July! 20-year-old Sara Sorribes Tormo took down the second seed Katerina Siniakova by 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour and a half. Spaniard saved 4 out of 6 break points and she took charge on the second serve return to create huge 14 break points, converting 6 for a commanding win.
Siniakova kicked off the match in a stronger fashion, breaking at love in game 2 but that was all she could do in set number 1, losing the next 6 games to find herself with a lot of work to do before the rest of the match.
Rivals exchanged breaks in games 3 and 4 but it was Sorribes Tormo who claimed two additional breaks until the end of the match to wrap up a rock solid win that will keep her in a good mood before the quarter-final action. Second round results: