WTA Quebec City: Heather Watson and Monica Puig move to the quarterfinals


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WTA Quebec City: Heather Watson and Monica Puig move to the quarterfinals

For the first time since Roland Garros, Pauline Parmentier completed back-to-back wins at WTA level as she reached the quarter-final of the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City. The Frenchwoman beat Christina McHale 6-2 4-6 7-5.

The No.8 seed moved into the last 8 as the No.3 seed Monica Puig who won nine straight games from 1-5 before Madison Brengle was forced to retire trailing 7-5 3-0 with a right hand injury. Parmentier, who won 72% of first serve points gained the opening break and moved 3-0 and then 4-1 up to dominate the first set.

The second went with serves for nine games then, at 5-4, McHale broke to force a decider. The American was 3-0 up in the third set but Parmentier came back to clinch the seventh WTA win in ten three-setters played this season.

The world No.69 reached her second tour quarter-final of the season after she defeated Polona Hercog to claim the third career title in Istanbul where she beat Wozniacki via retirement in the only previous quarter-final played, sealing her first win over a Top 10 player.

She will meet Varvara Lepchenko, who upset the top seed Aryna Sabalenka. The American brat qualifier Marie Bouzkova 6-1 1-6 6-3 in their first meeting to clinch a berth into the semifinals. Puig, who profited from Brengle's first retirement of the year, didn't look satisfied of her level today.

The Puerto Rican admitted she tried to force a bit too much when patience in building the point should have been a preferable solution. But when she found herself 5-1 down, she began to organize her game better and offered a more consistent performance.

Puig has now reached at least the quarterfinals in two of her last three events, as she was a semifinalist in New Haven where she completed a couple of stunning comeback victories. ""There's always an opportunity if you continue to fight.

I want to fight for every point, for every game," she said. Puig doesn't want to look ahead the quarter-final clash against No.5 seed Sofia Kenin or Canadian Francoise Abanda. The young American of Russian descent beat 6-3 6-4 Mona Barthel, saving both the break points conceded, thanks largely to the 70% of second serve return points won.

Heather Watson moved to the first WTA quarter-final since she lost to eventual back-to-back champion Elise Mertens in Hobart. The Brit put an end to Laylah Fernandez's run in her maiden tour-level main draw appearance.

Watson sealed a 6-4 7-5 win to complete the 20th overall success of the season. Watson, who won seven out of eight close games, will meet Rebecca Marino, coming off her maiden WTA win in more than five years, or Georgina Garcia Perez, bidding for her third tour-level victory.

Watson made the day bittersweet for Brit fans as No.2 seed Petra Martic dismissed Naomi Broady 6-1 6-1 to seal her sixth straight victory after capturing her first WTA singles title of any kind at the WTA 125K event in Chicago.

Playing on Québec City's quick carpet courts, on a slippery surface the ball bounces lower than usual, Martic dropped just five first serve points to dominate the Brit, who reached the semifinals here back in 2015.

Martic will now meet Olga Govortsova, back to tennis after having a baby and now ranked No.550, aiming for her first victory in two career meetings. The Croat, who's on a 5-match winning streak against opponents outside the Top 200, lost in three sets in their lone previous clashes in Vienna nine years ago.

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