The defending Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina is through to the quarter-final after a rock solid 6-2 6-1 triumph over the 13th seed Irina-Camelia Begu in just 63 minutes. The Russian played well in her service games, losing 17 points in eight games and facing three break points, getting broken twice.
That was pretty much everything Begu managed to achieve in this match as she was completely powerless behind her serve, letting more than 60% of the points away and suffering six breaks of serve from 10 opportunities Kasatkina created.
It was a shaky start from both, trading breaks in games two and three and it was Daria who controlled the pace after that, breaking at love in game four to move 3-1 ahead and breaking for the third time in game eight for a 6-2.
The Romanian ended her downfall at the start of set number two when she broke at love but she faded from the court after that, losing serve three times in a row and allowing Kasatkina to rattle off the last six games of the match and safely reach the last eight.
After sending out Petra Kvitova in the previous round, world number 77 Kristyna Pliskova ousted the 16th seed Elena Vesnina 6-3 1-6 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes for the place in the quarter-final. Pliskova delivered amazing numbers behind her first serve, winning 28 out of 32 points and she faced just two break points.
Vesnina converted both but that didn't help her much, struggling to find the pace on own serve and getting broken three times from eight chances she gave to the Czech. Kristyna sailed through her service games in the opening set, dominating with her serve and forehand and breaking the Russian in game four to carry the lead throughout the set for a 6-3.
Vesnina took charge in set number two, scoring breaks at love in games two and six and bringing the set home after fending off two break chances in game seven for a 6-1 and the momentum before the deciding set. The final set was fast and fluid and it kicked off with five commanding holds on both sides, with only one point for the returner.
Nonetheless, Elena couldn't follow that pace for too long and she lost her serve at love in games six and eight to hit the exit door, dropping 16 of the last 18 points as Pliskova booked the place in the quarters in the best possible manner. Third round results: