Third seed Timea Babos beat Naomi Broady to seal a place in the quarter-finals at Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City. Babos beat the British number three 6-2 5-7 6-2 in a match which took one hour and 52 minutes to complete.
Broady, 135th in the world and 72 places below Babos in the WTA rankings, fought tenaciously to win the second set before the Hungarian closed out the fourth victory in five meetings, the second this year having beaten the Brit at Monterrey.
In Mexico, the Hungarian reached the quarters for the second time in 2017 after Budapest, where she won the second WTA singles title of her career at home. Winning in front of family and friends was an unforgettable experience, she said.
After Monterrey, Babos lost self-belief and never reached a quarter-final until this week in her second appearance in Quebec as she lost in the second round in 2014. Playing in Quebec, however, had a significant role in 2011, when Babos in a difficult period won a minor event in Saguenay.
Babos believes that this victory helped to turn around her career, as it allowed her to enter the qualification draw at the Australian Open for the first time the following year. Babos, fascinated by interior design and projected to move into a place that she designed herself, awaits Françoise Abanda, bidding to become the first Canadian to win the tournament in its 25 years of history.
She beat 5-7 7-5 6-4 Varvara Lepchenko after missing three match points at 5-3 in the deciding set. “I'm very happy, it's my first WTA quarter-final” said Abanda, “it's good to reach it here in Quebec.
It reinforces my goal to break into the top 100 at the end of the season”. Abanda will meet the third seed Babos for the first time. “She's a good player with a lot of experience in big tournaments. It will be a very important match for me.
I've won two matches in a row and I feel really good. I'm going to take the match very seriously, it's a quarterfinal at home at Quebec City. It could have positive effects for my season”. No.4 seed Tatjana Maria had no such struggles against American Grace Min, as the German served nine aces and broke five times in a 6-1, 6-1 second round victory.
Oceane Dodin conceded walkover because of dizziness and gifted Caroline Dolehide the chance to be in her first WTA quarter-final without even going on court. Dolehide is playing the second Wta main draw ever after the second round loss at Stanford against the eventual US Open finalist Madison Keys.
In the opening match, Dolehide had upset No.48 Osaka in straight sets in her first win over a Top 100 opponent. Before Stanford, Dolehide had lost in qualifying on three occasions, at US Open in 2016 and this year at Indian Wells and Nottingham, Before last year's Us Open, she competed exclusively on ITF Circuit winning two title this season, at $25k in Surprise (d.Lao) and at $60k in Winnipeg (d.
Hibi). Her goals for the season, Dolehide said to the US Open official site, are “definitely to be up there in the Top 100, be main draw in WTA events, competing with CiCi (Bellis)and all those girls”. After Quebec City, she added, “I have a training block, then Linz, then Luxembourg, then preseason starts” earlier than expected, on November 1 because last year she had a longer preseason and it helped her a lot, she added.
Dolehide will face Erakovic or Van Uytvanck, with the Belgian leading 1-0 in the head to heads.