St. Petersburg Open: Sara Sorribes Tormo reaches the last eight

Sara Sorribes Tormo reached the quarter-finals of the Monterrey Open on Wednesday. The seventh seed from Spain received a walkover from her second-round opponent, Kaja Juvan who had to concede the match because of illness.

Not counting this match, Sorribes Tormo is on a six-match winning streak in Mexico. This includes the five matches she played en route to winning the title last week at the Guadalajara Open (defeated Eugenie Bouchard) and one match here – so far – in Monterrey, this week.

In the quarter-finals, the world no. 57 will take on Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Monterrey Open: Leylah Fernandez pockets dominant win

Schmiedlova came from a set down to defeat Italian Jasmine Paolini 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes. Both players won a similar percentage of points off their first serves – about 53% – in the match that featured 12 service breaks. However, the Slovakian did quite better when it came to winning points off second serves, especially on second serve returns. The world no. 111 won around 52% points off her second serves. On return, she capitalised on 16 of the 25 second service points Paolini put into play. For the match, Schmiedlova finished with 81 points to Paolini’s 72.

Leylah Fernandez and Viktoria Kuzmova set up the second quarter-final in the top-half of the Monterrey Open. The Canadian southpaw defeated lucky loser Kristina Kucova 6-1, 6-4 in just 67 minutes. The world no. 88 won 85% points off her first serves and 70% points off her second serves. Likewise, Fernandez broke Kucova thrice in the match while facing no break points on her serve. In her second-round clash, Kuzmova also came through against a lucky loser, Briton Harriet Dart. After an hour and 36 minutes of play, the Slovakian won 6-4, 6-3. Kuzmova saved nine of the 11 break points she faced while converting four of the five break point opportunities on Dart’s serve.