Saturday, 28 July 2018

#1 seeds tumble in quarter finals

In an incredible days tennis, three more top seeds were dumped, in quarter finals, adding to the scrap heap where Fabio Fognini finds himself after losing to qualifier Jürgen Zopp earlier in Gstaad.

Today in Hamburg it was the turn of Chilean Nicolas Jarry, ranked 69, to eliminate Dominic Thiem (1), his biggest career win yet, 7-6(5) 7-6(7)

Jarry will play qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semis after he defeated Pablo Carreño Busta (3) in their quarter final

Other Hamburg quarter finals 

Qualifier Jozef Kovalik defeated lucky loser Thiago Monteiro 3-6 6-3 6-2

Leonardo Mayer defeated Diego Schwartzman (2) 6-3 4-6 6-3, and will play Kovalik in the semis 

All semi finalists are unseeded

In Nanchang, Lin Zhu, ranked 137, dismissed Shuai Zhang (1) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1.

Zhu will play Saisai Zheng (6) in the semis after Zheng defeated qualifier Fang Ying Xun 6-3 6-4

Other Nanchang quarter finals 

Magda Linette (3) defeated qualifier En-Shuo Laing 6-3 4-6 6-2

Qiang Wang (2) defeated Fangzhou Liu 6-3 6-0, and will play Linette in the semis

Russia saw two 17 year olds continue their amazing run in the Moscow River Cup.

Serbian lucky loser Olga Danilovic, ranked 187, delivered one of this years biggest upsets in defeating Wimbledon semi finalist and world number 10 Julia Goerges (1).

Danilovic began brilliantly, her power game not allowing Goerges to even see a break point.  The closest was deuce in the fifth game, but that was settled with a confident forehand.

The break came in the next game, when after achieving two chances, Danilovic delivered a terrific winning return to lead 4-2.

Serving for the set at 5-3, there was no show of nerves and a Goerges error gave Olga the set 6-3.

Danilovic rode the momentum and broke in the opening game of set two, only for Goerges to convert her chance with a winning forehand to level at 2-2.

Unperturbed, Danilovic returned serve like a demon and broke the German serve for 4-3.  Saving two break points, the teenager was a game away from a famous win at 5-3.

Two double faults from Julia and three match points for Olga. Two saved, but on the third a backhand miss by Goerges ended the match.

Olga Danilovic won her way to the semis 6-3 6-3.

She will play Aliaksandra Sasnovich (5) who was given a walkover by Anastasija Sevastova (3)

The other successful 17 year old was Russian wildcard Anastasia Potapova who came from a set down to defeat qualifier Valentyna Ivakhnenko 1-6 6-3 6-2.  Potapova will play Tamara Zidansek in the semis after Zidansek defeated Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-4

The average age of the semi finalists is a mere 19.5.

Gstaad quarter finals:

Qualifier Jürgen Zopp defeated qualifier Facundo Bagnis 3-6 6-4 6-3

Matteo Berrettini defeated Feliciano López (8) 6-4 6-3, and will play Zopp in the semis

Laslo Djere defeated lucky loser Viktor Galovic 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5)

Roberto Bautista Agut (2) defeated Taro Daniel 7-5 6-1, and will play Djere in the semis 

Atlanta quarter finals:

Matthew Ebden (4) defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-2

John Isner (1) avoided the curse on top seeds by defeating Mischa Zverev (7) 7-5 4-6 6-1, and he will play Ebden in the semis 

Ryan Harrison defeated Hyeon Chung (3) 6-7(3) 6-2 7-6(5)

Cameron Norrie defeated Nick Kyrgios (2) 7-5 3-0 (retired), and will play Harrison in the semis

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