WTA Budapest: Potapova, Parmentier, Van Uytvanck and Cirstea prevail


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WTA Budapest: Potapova, Parmentier, Van Uytvanck and Cirstea prevail

The 3rd seed Pauline Parmentier is through to the quarter-final after a 6-1, 7-5 win over Tereza Smitkova in an hour and 24 minutes, losing only 14 points on serve and dominated on the return to move into the next round in straight sets.

A qualifier fought well in the second set but it wasn't enough to prolong the match, saving three match points in the tenth game before Parmentier broke her at 6-5 to seal the deal and enter the last eight. Smitkova suffered three straight breaks in the opening set and she bounced back in the second, staying in touch in the majority of the set before losing ground in the final two service games.

The 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova took down the 6th seed Andrea Petkovic, serving at only 49% and repelling five out of eight break points, taking more than 50% of the return points for six breaks and the place in the next round.

The young Russian broke three times in the opener, wasting a match point at 5-4 in the second set to lose serve before winning the last two games to reach the quarters. Sorana Cirstea toppled the 4th seed Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 23 minutes, controlling the scoreboard all the time after saving seven out of nine break points and playing five good return games to bring the match home and stay on the title course.

The top seed Alison Van Uytvanck ousted Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 7-5 in just under two hours, trailing 5-2 in the second set and saving two set points at 3-5 and winning the last five games to seal the deal in straight sets and make the winning start.

Madison Brengle defeated the young Hungarian Fanny Stollar in an hour and 23 minutes, serving at 82% and saving three out of five break points to keep the pressure on Fanny and break her five times for a rock-solid win.