The crowd in Istanbul had every reason for celebration today, as two home players advanced to the quarter-final. Qualifier Basak Eraydin, ranked 257th, defeated fellow Turk Ayla Aksu 6-1 6-3 to reach the last 8 in only her 3rd WTA event in a career.
The match lasted only 68 minutes and Eraydin was in the driving seat all the time. She served well, facing only one break point in the entire match, and she was even more impressive on return, creating 17 break points and converting 5 for a commanding win.
Aksu served at only 52% and she couldn't find the right rhythm throughout the match, being under constant pressure from her rival and almost always in danger of losing her serve. It was all about Basak in the opening set, she lost her serve once in game 5 but that didn't cost her much, as she broke Ayla on all 3 occasions for an easy 6-1.
Aksu saved 2 break points at the start of the second set and she stayed in touch in the first 4 games, but Eraydin broke in game 5 and she brought the match home with another break in game 9, converting her 4th match point for by far the biggest result so far in a career.
After poor results in Indian Wells and Miami, Elina Svitolina is back to a winning way, advancing to her 4th quarter-final of the season after a 6-3 6-3 triumph against Romanian qualifier Alexandra Cadantu in an hour and 30 minutes. This was their 3rd meeting, the first since Baku 2013, and Svitolina played it nicely, controlling her serve to get broken only twice, and she took more than 50% of the return points to stay in front from start to finish.
Cadantu struggled to make any impact on her serve and she had to play against 9 break opportunities, with a clear difference in quality between these two rivals. Elina saved two break points in the first game of the match, always an important moment not to fall behind immediately, and she moved 3-1 in front with a break at 15 in game 4.
Alexandra broke back instantly, cutting the deficit to 3-2, but she dropped her serve again in game 8 and this time Svitolina held it until the end, serving out for the opener in game 9. The rivals exchanged breaks in games 3 and 4 of set number 2 but it was Ukrainian who had more strength in the finish, grabbing the last 4 games to cross the finish line and reach the last 8. Second round results: