German Open: Gauff makes quarterfinals with Pliskova, Kudermetova ends Samsonova’s title defense

Gough, 18, won the first seven games of the match, but needed to come from a break down in the second set. Wang broke his serve at 1–1 for the first time, but Gauff went on to win five of the last six matches of the match.

Veronika Kudermetova, on the other hand, sealed the final quarterfinal berth 6-3. 6-7(5), 6-1 win over defending champion Lyudmila Samsonova. After coming down 6-2, 5-2 to defeat Arya Sabalenka in Round 1, Kudermetova reacted admirably in reverse when it was Samsonova who recovered from a major deficit.

Kudermetova led the match 6–3, 4–0 and failed to convert on match point in the 10th game of the second set. Samsonova, who won the title as a qualifier 12 months ago, barely covered the distance of the match on her fifth set point after taking a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak.

However, Kudermatova started off strongly to dominate the decider; She saved five break points while serving crucially 2-0 and sealed the win in 2 hours, 9 minutes.

“I started playing really slow. I gave him a lot of chances and I started making a lot of mistakes,” Kudermetova said.

“On this surface, you need to play aggressively. If you start to slow down, you will lose. … (in the third set), I started playing more inside the court; if I had a chance So I started playing more aggressively,” she said.

Kudermetova, who has been on grass form this summer after reaching the semifinals of the Libema Open last week, will now face number eight Belinda Bencic.

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