No.4 seed Maria Sakkari, No.5 seed Caroline Garcia and No.6 seed Daria Kasatkina all stored their hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals Cancun alive with straight-set, second-round wins on the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Guadalajara champion Sakkari defeated Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-1 in 65 minutes, bringing down the curtain on the 32-year-old Japanese participant’s profession. Sakkari slammed 25 winners and didn’t face a break level in extending her profitable streak to 6, whereas Doi had her share of highlights within the remaining skilled match of her profession, together with a tremendous lob within the remaining recreation.
Afterward, Sakkari paid tribute to Doi.
“I do not wish to discuss me right this moment,” the Greek participant mentioned within the on-court interview. “It was an honor to play towards Misaki in her final ever skilled match. You should take pleasure in life, take pleasure in your self, have some enjoyable. We all know how robust the tennis life is. So take a while, and I am positive you will discover a strategy to discover one thing particular once more in your life. You had a tremendous profession, so congrats.”
Sakkari will subsequent face Garcia, who wanted 1 hour and 31 minutes to get previous Anhelina Kalinina 6-4, 6-3.
Having acquired a efficiency bye after reaching the semifinals in Guadalajara final week, Garcia confirmed little signal of fatigue from her cross-continental journey. The Frenchwoman, who presently sits at No.19 within the Race to the Finals, fired 29 winners, together with 10 aces, and dropped simply seven factors behind her first serve.
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The decisive second of the match got here halfway by the primary set. Garcia had made a lightning-quick begin to soar out to a 3-0 lead, however Kalinina had pegged her again to 3-3 and held triple break level to realize the benefit for the primary time. However Garcia discovered her greatest serves when she wanted them to wriggle out of that recreation, and from then on was an environment friendly front-runner.
Garcia pounced with aggressive returning to interrupt Kalinina on the finish of the primary set. The second was determined by one break within the penultimate recreation after Kalinina discovered the web with an tried drop shot. Garcia served out with panache, concluding a love maintain with back-to-back aces.
Highlights: Garcia d. Kalinina | Kasatkina d. Papamichail | Pavlyuchenkova d. Noskova
Kasatkina, who’s presently No.15 within the Race, needed to maintain off a late cost by No.220-ranked qualifier Papamichail to advance 6-4, 6-4 in precisely two hours. In a contest characterised by lengthy, grinding baseline exchanges, Kasatkina noticed a 4-1 double-break lead within the second set chipped away as Papamichail leveled at 4-4. However the former Roland Garros semifinalist steadied herself to take the final two video games, establishing a quarterfinal towards No.2 seed Jessica Pegula.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a two-time runner-up in Tokyo in 2017 and 2019, additionally booked her place within the final eight with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Linda Noskova in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
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