WTA Mallorca: Amanda Anisimova storms into quarters. Garcia and Bencic win


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WTA Mallorca: Amanda Anisimova storms into quarters. Garcia and Bencic win

The 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova had amazed tennis world after reaching the semi-final at Roland Garros, keeping the same rhythm on grass to book the quarter-final spot at Mallorca. The young American stormed over Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 in 75 minutes, fending off seven out of eight break points and delivering four breaks from nine opportunities to keep the scoreboard under control.

Settling into a nice rhythm, Anisimova raced towards a 4-0 lead, breaking Cornet in games one and three and saving four break points in game four to gather even bigger momentum. Amanda held with ease in games six and eight for a 6-2, conquering the first three games of the second set as a well and bringing the victory home from there with a hold in game ten, previously wasting one match point on the return in the previous game.

The 6th seed Caroline Garcia defeated the home star Paula Badosa 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 after challenging two hours and three minutes, controlling her service games and delivering five breaks that carried her towards the finish line.

The young Spaniard fought hard in set number two to overcome a 5-2 deficit, climbing back to the positive side of the scoreboard and saving a match point at 5-6 to get the necessary boost, claiming the tie break 7-1 for an impressive comeback and the final set.

There, Garcia started all over, barely losing a point on serve and scoring two breaks to find herself in the quarter-final on grass for the second straight week after Nottingham. The 3rd seed Belinda Bencic had to work hard against Shelby Rogers, prevailing 5-7, 6-3, 3-1 when the American was forced to retire due to an arm strain.

Leading 5-2 in the first set, Belinda lost five straight games to hand the set to Shelby 7-5, increasing the level in the second and moving into the last eight when Rogers decided she has had enough, hoping to recover in time for Wimbledon.