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Second-seeded Pliskova, Gauff eliminated at Ostrava Open

The 16-year-old Gauff beat Sabalenka in Lexington in August en route to the semifinals and held a 5-2 lead in the third set before Belarusian came back.

Veronika KudermetovaThe hard-court indoor event was added to the tour after tournaments in China were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Veronika Kudermetova in the image. (Twitter)

Qualifier Veronika Kudermetova upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 4-6 6-4 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Ostrava Open. The Russian will face American Jennifer Brady, who eliminated qualifier Daria Kasatkina 7-5 6-2 on Thursday.

Third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka came from two breaks down in the deciding set to eliminate American teenager Coco Gauff 1-6 7-5 7-6 (2).

The 16-year-old Gauff beat Sabalenka in Lexington in August en route to the semifinals and held a 5-2 lead in the third set before Belarusian came back.

“I just need to play a little bit smarter on pressure points, to make my opponent play,” Gauff said.

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Sabalenka credited Gauff with her forcing her to play long rallies.

“She’s 16 and she’s playing on this level,” Sabalenka said.

“I would like to be on this level when I was 16.”

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Also, seventh-seeded Elise Mertens beat Karolina Muchova 6-4 6-2 while Ons Jabeur defeated former French Open champion Jelana Ostapenko 6-4 6-4.

The hard-court indoor event was added to the tour after tournaments in China were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First published on: 23-10-2020 at 10:26 IST
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