Ons Jabeur reached the quarter-finals of the Viking Classic on Thursday. The second seed from Tunisia was, however, put through her paces by Leylah Fernandez in their round-of-16 clash. Jabeur eventually prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) in two hours and five minutes.
The world no. 24 broke Fernandez’s serve thrice in the match but was also broken the same number of times. For the match, Jabeur finished with 101 points to the Canadian’s 98. This is Jabeur’s third quarter-final this season after the Volvo Car Open and MUSC Health Women's Open, both of which were played in Charleston.
Meanwhile, here in Birmingham, Jabeur will play Anastasia Potapova in the quarter-final.
Viking Classic: Daria Kasatkina gets the better of Marta Kostyuk
The Russian defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes.
Potapova won around 67% of her first-serve points as compared to Mladenovic winning 51%. She also won a relatively better margin of points on her second serves as compared to Mladenovic – 65% to the latter’s 50%.
Potapova saved four of the five break points she faced while converting three of the five break points that came in her way. The 82nd-ranked Russian finished with 62 points to her opponent’s 44. In the top half of the draw, fourth seed Daria Kasatkina reached the last eight.
The Russian posted a 6-2, 7-5 win over Marta Kostyuk in their second-round clash in an hour and 23 minutes. This was Kasatkina’s first in three meetings against the Ukrainian. Kasatkina broke Kostyuk six times in the match while saving eight of the 11 break points, she faced to make it through.
Kasatkina’s quarter-final opponent at the Viking Classic will be the Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova. Martincova posted an upset over fifth seed Jelena Ostapenko 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and 21 minutes.