German Open: Ons Jabur, Belinda Bencic reach quarter-finals

1 seed Jabeur defeated qualifier Alicia Parks 6-2, 7-6(8), which put her in the eighth quarterfinals of 2022, all at WTA 500 or above level. She will next face Aliksandra Sasnovi after bidding to reach the fourth semifinal of the season.

The 21-year-old acquitted himself well in the first meeting of his career with a player in the top 20. She left Berlin after securing her first WTA 500 main draw win and first Top 50 win over Zheng Qinwen in the first round. ,

It was the world number 169 park that set the pace for much of the match. He hit more winners than Jabeur, 18 to 13, but also more unforced errors from 31 to 17. Many of the latter came during the first set-and-a-half. Jabeur scored a solid serve to lead 6-2, 3-1 and strategized to get Parks on the run, leaving the bottom-order always making mistakes.

But Jabeur almost got caught when Parks stepped up her game – and then got a stroke of luck in the form of a dead net that enabled her to break back for 3-3. The Tunisian found herself grappling with her inconsistency as she tried to avoid a competition that had suddenly become too tight.

Jabeur did manage to find some trademark magic at key points: a flicked backhand slice passing shot to serve the breakpoint at 3-4, and a brilliant defensive point to go up 5-3 in the tiebreak.

However, ending the match was another struggle. Jabeur lost a triple match point 6-3, then needed to find some of the best forehands of the day to save a set point at 6-7. But on his fifth match point, the world No. 4 finally managed to move on thanks to a no-return serve.

In another game, Belinda Bencic defeated Anna Kalinskaya 6–4, 1–6, 6–1 to reach her sixth quarterfinal of 2022.

A high-quality and hard-fought first set was eventually judged by a break of service. At 4-4, a pair of double faults from Kalinskaya opened the door for Bencic, and the Swiss player took advantage of his opportunity with an aggressive comeback before serving up the set skillfully.

Bencic continued to play brilliantly to immediately bring up a triple break point in the first game of the second set – but after missing all three chances, the match took a sudden turn. The clarity in Bencic’s shot selection disappeared, and was replaced by wild kills. In contrast, Kalinskaya raised her level, especially on the serve, and appeared in six of the seven games.

Bencic, runner-up here last year, reversed this swing with a more dynamic play at the start of the decider. The 25-year-old swept away a drive volley to break it 2-0, and then dominated the set after resuming her first set form.

A superbly angled forehand sealed the second break for 5–1, and a game later Bencic converted his first match point with a forehand, his 35th winner of the day.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and is not created or edited by FreshersLIVE.Publisher : IANS-media

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.