Bett1 Open: Belinda Bencic sole survivor of upsets' galore in Berlin



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Bett1 Open: Belinda Bencic sole survivor of upsets' galore in Berlin

It was a day of upsets at the Bett1 Open on Wednesday. The top three seeds crashed out of the event in their respective opening-round matches. Aryna Sabalenka, the top-seed, crashed out to Madison Keys. The American won 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in an hour and 56 minutes to reach her first quarter-final in over a year (since reaching the final of the 2020 Brisbane International).

Keys hit 31 winners and saved 10 of the 14 break points she faced to get past the fourth-ranked Belarusian. In the quarter-final, Keys will face a Russian in either Veronika Kudermetova or Liudmila Samsonova. At the bottom of the draw, second seed Elina Svitolina fell prey to another Russian, Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Alexandrova needed an hour and 29 minutes to claim a 6-4, 7-5 victory. After her win, Alexandrova said, “To play against Elina is always tough and I'm surprised I won in two sets. In my mind I was already focused on the third set – I think I was luckier in that important game, and when I broke her back it gave me more confidence”.

Bett1 Open: Belinda Bencic escapes untimely exit

In the quarter-final, Alexandrova will take on Belinda Bencic. The fifth-seeded Swiss was the only seed to avoid the carnage of upsets that occurred on Wednesday. Bencic defeated Petra Martic 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes.

The world no. 11 made good of two of the six break points she had on Martic’s serve and saved all five break points she faced. This is Bencic’s third last-eight appearance this season after the Adelaide International and the Mutua Madrid Open.

Alize Cornet produced the final upset of the day at the Bett1 Open. The Frenchwoman outlasted the third seed Bianca Andreescu 7-6(2), 7-5 in two hours and five minutes to reach the quarter-final. Either sixth seed Garbine Muguruza or Elena Rybakina will be Cornet’s next opponent.