Hungarian Grand Prix: Yulia Putintseva makes quarter-final trip

Paula Ormaechea was the feel good story in Budapest as she ended a seven-year wait to reach the QF

by Abbey Johnson
Hungarian Grand Prix: Yulia Putintseva makes quarter-final trip

Yulia Putintseva reached the quarter-finals of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Wednesday. The tournament top-seed defeated Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 47 minutes in their second-round clash. Konjuh hit eight double faults in the match.

While Putintseva won 58% of her first-serve points, the Croatian won 66% points off her first serves. But where the Kazakh won 41% of her second-serve points, Konjuh could only manage to win 25% points. Putintseva was broken four times in the match but she broke her opponent six times to help her cross the finish line.

Putintseva finished with 74 points, nine more than her opponent’s 65. For a place in the semi-finals, she’ll play Kateryna Kozlova.

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The Ukrainian upset fifth seed Ana Bogdan in their second-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 15 minutes.

The opening set alone featured five service breaks with the Romanian eventually fending off Kozlova to take the lead in the match. However, the latter two sets didn’t go her way as Kozlova was able to control her game better.

While the two exchanged breaks in the second set, before Kozlova levelled the match by clinching the set, Bogdan’s game went awry in the deciding set. Kozlova saved the lone break point she faced while breaking Bogdan’s serve twice in the set.

Meanwhile, Bogdan’s compatriot, Irina Bara also crashed out in the second round. Serbian Olga Danilovic ousted Bara 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 38 minutes to reach the last eight. Danilovic now awaits either Anna Karolina Schmiedlova or Dalma Galfi.

Danilovic’s fellow countrywoman, Ivana Jorovic, however, didn’t have a successful outing in her second round at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea beat Jorovic 6-1, 7-6(6) in two hours and two minutes.

This is the first time in seven years (since the 2014 Rio Open) that Ormaechea has reached the quarter-finals of a WTA event. The 28-year-old awaits either Reka-Luka Jani or second seed Danielle Collins next. Photo Credit: Hungarian Grand Prix

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