Third seed Donna Vekic reached the quarter-finals of the Viking Classic on Wednesday. The Croatian, ranked 36th in the world, came through a tough match against the 76th ranked Camila Giorgi, eventually winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 28 minutes.
With this win, Vekic also improved her win-to-loss record against the Italian to 3-0. Vekic hit 10 double faults and won around 34% of her second-serve points. However, she played better in the tighter moments of the match.
She broke Giorgi four times in the match while saving 12 of the 16 break points, she faced. At the end of the match, merely three points separated the winner from the player who’d lost – Vekic had 104 points to Giorgi’s 101.
In the quarter-final, Vekic will play Heather Watson.
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The Briton advanced to the quarter-finals after her second-round opponent, the sixth-seeded Shuai Zhang retired in their match with an injury.
At the time of the Chinese’s retirement, Watson was leading in 5-2 in the first set. Coco Vandeweghe made it to the quarter-finals at the top of the draw. The American took down Ajla Tomljanovic, who’d upset the top-seed Elise Mertens in the first round, in their second-round clash.
Vandeweghe needed two hours and 18 minutes to claim a comeback victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Vandeweghe made good of five of the nine break points she had on Tomljanovic’s serve while saving three of the six break points, she faced.
The American won 93 points to the Australian’s 88 for the entirety of the match. The former world no. 9 will now play eighth seed Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic for a place in the semi-final. In the last first-round match at the Viking Classic, Kristina Mladenovic upset compatriot and seventh seed Fiona Ferro.
Mladenovic, a former world no. 10, won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. In the second round, Mladenovic will take on Anastasia Potapova. The Russian had come through her opener against Nina Stojanovic, previously.