WTA roundup: Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska reaches the Lyon quarters

2022-03-04 07:45:16 GMT+00:00 – Six days after fleeing her native Ukraine with her 15-year-old sister Ivanna, Dayana Yastremska cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Spanish qualifier Cristina Bucsa on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Open 6th Sens Métropole in Lyon, France.

Yastremska scored three aces in the match which lasted just 65 minutes. After the victory, she draped herself in a Ukrainian flag and fans cheered her on with emotion, well aware that the 21-year-old’s homeland was invaded by Russia.

“I really want to win matches for my country,” Yastremska said in her on-court interview. “This tournament is very emotional for me but I’m very happy with today’s victory. I’m very happy to be here and in a safe place with my sister. I’m happy to do the things I love really — playing tennis.”

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Yastremska will next face fifth-seeded Jasmine Paolini after the Italian secured a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch.

In other matches, Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia beat third-seeded Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4; No. 8 seed Shuai Zhang of China won 6-4, 6-4 over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands and Caroline Garcia of France won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 against Martina Trevisan of Italy.

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Top-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine needed almost 2½ hours to win her second-round match in Monterrey, Mexico, eventually winning 7-6(3), 3-6, 6- 2 against Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova.

Next up for Svitolina is a quarter-final match against fifth-seeded Camila Osorio of Colombia.

Sixth-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz beat Great Britain’s Heather Watson 6-4, 7-6(2) to set up an all-Spanish quarter-final against fourth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo. China’s Qiang Wang beat Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 6-0, 6-7(2), 6-3 to face second seed Leylah Fernandez of Canada. Czech Marie Bouzkova will face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia after eliminating Croatian Petra Martic 6-4, 6-2.

–Field-Level Media

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