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Top seeds Svitolina, Sabalenka win at San Jose event

2019-08-01 06:53
Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina (AP)

San Jose - Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA San Jose hardcourt tournament with straight-set victories on Wednesday.

Svitolina defeated Russia's Darya Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 while Sabalenka dispatched American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.

Seventh-ranked Svitolina booked a last-eight date against Greek seventh seed Maria Sakkari, who eliminated Japan's Mayo Hibi 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

It was Svitolina's first match since Wimbledon, where she became the first woman from her homeland to reach a Grand Slam semi-final, and she improved to 5-0 against Kasatkina.

"I played quite a solid match for my first match on hardcourts," Svitolina said.

"I'm excited for all the matches here and overall this part of the season."

Sabalenka, ranked 10th, advanced to a quarter-final against Spanish sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Mattek-Sands defeated fellow wildcard Venus Williams in the opening round.

Results from Wednesday's matches at the WTA San Jose tournament (x denotes seeding):

Second round

Elina Svitolina (UKR x1) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 6-3, 6-1

Maria Sakkari (GRE x7) bt Mayo Hibi (JPN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x2) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-3, 6-3

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x6) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

 

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