WTA roundup: Bencic reaches St. Petersburg quarterfinals

WTA roundup: Bencic reaches St. Petersburg quarterfinals”

Belinda Bencic started her bid for glory at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy with a battling win over home hope Svetlana Kuznetsova, while Johanna Konta suffered elimination.

The British number one, ranked 14, has now lost all three matches she has contested in 2020 having gone out in the opening round of the Brisbane International and the Australian Open.

She chose to miss the tiebreaker of the Fed Cup of Great Britain against Slovakia, instead of taking a wild card in the WTA tournament in Russian Federation, where she received a first-round goodbye as a fourth seed.

Wang Qiang, having already played her first-round match, defeated Katarzyna Kawa 6-3 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals, where she will meet Leonie Kung, who was a 6-3 6-1 victor over seventh seed Zhu Lin.

A run of 5 succeeding video games shed at the end of the initial collection and also begin of the 2nd proven crucial versus Dodin, with Konta not able to take 2 opportunities to damage back in the last video game.

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There was an upset on Wednesday as fourth seed Konta was dumped out by French qualifier Oceane Dodin, who triumphed 6-3 6-4.

On Monday, she marked her return to tennis with a doubles win.

The 29-year-old will now face Gilles Simon or Gael Monfils in his second quarter-final appearance this season.

Meanwhile, Australia's runner-up Garbine Muguruza has joined the field next week for the Dubai Tax Free Tennis Championship.

It's not all favorable news in advance of the event however, 2 principals have actually been required to take out as a result of injury; Bianca Andreescu and also Ashleigh Barty.

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