WTA Tour

Mertens out in Tokyo as last two seeds trampled

2017-09-15 10:40
Elise Mertens (Getty)

Tokyo - American Christina McHale pummelled Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Japan Women's Open semi-finals Friday as the last two remaining seeds in Tokyo fell by the wayside.

Defending champion McHale faced surprisingly little resistance from the third seed before Zarina Diyas came from a set down to beat fellow Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the day's second quarter-final.

Eighth seed Putintseva's exit left organisers hoping Japanese qualifier Miyu Kato could continue her dream run after a week of upsets and the early loss of local favourite Kimiko Date in her final tournament at the age of 46.

And Kato did not disappoint, again punching above her weight as she thumped Date's conqueror Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-1, 6-3.

"Once I won the first set I relaxed a little more," said McHale. "I served better in the second set and pulled it out."

Croatia's Jana Fett was squaring off against China's Wang Qiang in the day's final singles match.

Results of singles matches at the Japan Women's Open tennis tournament on Friday (denotes seeding):

Quarter-finals

Christina McHale (USA) bt Elise Mertens (BEL x3) 6-4, 6-1

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ x8) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

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