New York - No 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova battled back from a set down on
Wednesday against Alizé Cornet to seal the final place in the quarter-finals of
the Connecticut Open.
Down a break twice in the final set, the Slovakian dug deep
to pull off a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win after two hours on court.
Cibulkova will now face No 6 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
in the last eight after the Russian defeated Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.
Pavlyuchenkova was leading 4-1 in the first set, but let it
slip before eventually winning through in the tiebreak.
Boosted by her recovery, she went on to dominate the second
set, taking it 6-0 to win the match.
“I fight for every point, I want to win every point and
every match so it gets a bit emotional,” Pavlyuchenkova said afterwards.
“I felt a little bit tired, so I didn’t want to lose the
first set for sure.”
In the other matches, China’s Zhang Shuai continued her good
run of form by defeating qualifier Magda Linette of Poland to set up a
quarter-final with Elise Mertens of Belgium.
Kirsten Flipkens was the other winner, beating Romania’s Ana
Bogdan 6-1, 7-6(1). She will meet Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the
quarter-finals on Thursday.
Results from WTA tournament at New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday:
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Ana Bogdan (ROM) 6-1, 7-6 (7/1)
Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x6) bt Carla Surez Navarro (ESP) 7-6 (7/3), 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x2) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4