WTA Seoul: Paula Badosa, Karolina Muchova and Priscilla Hon hit quarters


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WTA Seoul: Paula Badosa, Karolina Muchova and Priscilla Hon hit quarters

The 21-year-old Spaniard Paula Badosa is through to the second quarter-final of the season, beating a qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 24 minutes. Badosa delivered more composed tennis in the pivotal moments, repelling eight of the nine break chances and taking almost half of the return points to earn four breaks and advance without too many troubles.

Tig had seven opportunities to grab a break in the opener, wasting them all and suffering a break at 3-3 that push Paula in front. Serving for the set at 5-4, Badosa repelled four break points to secure the opener, gaining a massive boost and crossing the finish line with three breaks in set number two.

The 3rd seed Karolina Muchova will play in the fifth quarter-final in 2019, taking down Timea Babos 6-2, 6-3 in 71 minutes. The Czech dropped 14 points in nine service games, fending off the only break point she faced and securing three breaks to sail through the finish line.

Karolina rattled off four straight games from 2-2 in the opener and continued in the same style in set number two, delivering one good hold after another and moving over the top with a break in game eight, holding at love a few minutes later to stay on the title course.

The young Aussie Priscilla Hon has made another big step towards the place in the top-100, prevailing against the fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in two hours and six minutes for the spot in the second WTA quarter-final.

Both players had their chances on the return and it was Hon who used them more efficiently, suffering four breaks and claiming seven to control the scoreboard in the final set when she outplayed Tomljanovic completely to advance into the last eight.