Dominant win by Ana Konjuh over Victoria Azarenka. The Croatian player defeated Vika, who is back to compete after a more than one year-absence, 6-1 6-3 in 75 minutes. Konjuh was always under control, she got broken only once, when she was up 4-2 in the second set, while Azarenka was broken five times.
The former World No. 1 was probably tired after the long match won against Risa Ozaki saving three match points, and this loss shows that the way to be at her best level is still long. In the quarter-finals Konjuh will face Anastasia Sevastova, who defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-7(2) 6-1 6-3.
The Latvian player had up and down, but in second and third set she dominated. Roberta Vinci beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 5-7 6-2 after two hours and 18 minutes, advancing into the quarter-finals at WTA level for the first time in almost five months.
Vinci was up a break twice in the second set, but she was unconsistent on serve. In the third set the Italian player was always under control, she won the match after missing three match points. On Friday she will try to reach her first semifinal since 2016 February against Jana Cepelova or Caroline Garcia.
Their match was suspended on 2-2 in the third set due to darkness. Garcia had won the first set 6-3, Cepelova had prevailed in the second set tie-break converting her seventh set point. The other quarter-final match is between Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki, who both had a day off on Thursday as they played second round on Wednesday.
Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday: