Sasnovich into Seoul QFs


Belarusian tennis player Aliaksandra Sasnovich clinched a second win in the Korea Open (Seul) main draw.

In her second-round match, Sasnovich (No.136) dismissed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia (No.73) in straight sets 6:3, 6:3. The match lasted 1 h 25 min.

The Belarusian committed 7 double faults and 0 aces, made 62% first service in, winning 75% of the points on the first service to 62% for the Slovak tennis player.

In her opener, Sasnovich outperformed Alexandra Dulgheru (No.54) of Romania – 6:3, 6:2.

Sasnovich’s opponent in the quarter-finals will be Sloane Stephens (No.32) of the USA, who, in turn, knocked out Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm (No.152) – 6:3, 6:4.

Sasnovich and Stephens have never met before.

About Korea Open

Part of the Asian leg of the calendar, Seoul's WTA tournament launched in 2004 at Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, the 1988 Summer Olympics facility where Steffi Graf took the gold en route to her 'Golden Slam' season. It has also hosted South Korean Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.

Champions include Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. However, the most memorable one may be Kimiko Date-Krumm, who became the second-oldest Open Era WTA titlist with her triumph in 2009 one day shy of her 39th birthday (Billie Jean King is the oldest).

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