Dayana Yastremska continued her winning streak as she dismissed 6-2 6-3 Garbine Muguruza to move at the quarter-finals at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. The Ukrainian hit 11 winners against just 3 from Muguruza to dominate the opening set and came back from 2-0 and 3-1 down in the second set as the Spaniard lost her serve for the fourth and fifth time in the match.
The Hong Kong champion scored the first Top 20 victory of her career and now awaits the resurgent Margarita Gasparyan. Flawless Eugenie Bouchard breezed past No.3 seed Carla Suárez Navarro 6-1 6-0 to reach the third quarter-final of the season.
The Canadian hit 11 winners in the opening set and 15 in the second during an extremely one-sided meeting as she showed glimpses of the level that carried her to the Top 5. Bouchard, projected to climb back into the Top 100 at No.97, completed the tenth main draw victory of the season facing just two break points in the match.
Bidding to claim the second semifinal in 2018 after she lost in Gstaad to Alizé Cornet via retirement, she will meet Andrea Petkovic or Katerina Siniakova. No.1 seed Julia Goerges moved into the ninth quarterfinal of the season, defeating Russia's Anna Blinkova 6-1 6-4 in their career first meeting.
The German, bidding to clinch the second title of the year after beating Caroline Wozniacki in Auckland last January, hit 36 winners in total to 15 unforced errors. She will play Donna Vekic, after the Croat outlasted Fiona Ferro, the young and determined French promise, 2-6 6-1 7-5.
The Croatian, more experienced in managing the key points in the final sets, completed the second comeback victory of the season. Ferro's countrywoman Pauline Parmentier had almost no chance against one of the biggest surprises in the WTA Tour this season, Vera Lapko.
Parmentier missed three break points to go serving for the first set at 5-4, then Lapko became the dominant force in the closing stages as she easily cruised towards a 7-5 6-2 win. Lapko, ranked No.62, tallied 39 victories in 2018 at all levels and celebrated the third quarter-final showing this season after her first WTA semifinal-run in Lugano (l.
Elise Mertens), where she defeated No.28 Kontaveit en route for her career-best win to date (l.Mertens), and the defeats in the last 8 in Tashkent (l. Mona Barthel) and Guangzhou (l. Andrea Petkovic). Lapko, projected to rise to No.61 from No.131 in 2017, her year culminating in a maiden WTA quarterfinal run in Moscow where she held a match point before narrowly losing to Irina-Camelia Begu, will face Belinda Bencic after her recent comeback victory in Linz.
The Swiss faced two break points and had six easy service holds as she defeated 6-1 6-3 Kirsten Flipkens, whose first serve points rate remained at 38% in the match, significantly lower than her 62% on average since the beginning of the season.
Bencic, now owning an 11-15 win-loss record at WTA main draw level, equaled her best result this season after she lost in the last 8 in New Haven (l. Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2) and Washington Dc (l. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 2-6 7-6(8)).