WTA roundup: Top seeds reach quarters in Chicago

9/30/2021 7:35:33 PM EST

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, No. 2 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain and No. 3 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland all advanced to the quarterfinals of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic on Thursday.

Svitolina defeated Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3, 6-3, despite Ruse having four aces and saving 12 of 16 break points. Bencic had a tougher time with Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic, needing a second-set tiebreak to win 6-2, 7-6 (5). Muguruza advanced by walkover when Belrausian No. 14 seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew.

Also Thursday, No. 10 Danielle Collins of the U.S. took down Belgian No. 7 Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-4, Tunisian No. 6 Ons Jabeur rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over American Jessica Pegula, and No. 5 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan outlasted No. 12 Veronika Kudermetova of Russia 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Astana Open

In a match that lasted two hours and 39 minutes, No. 1 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan won her quarterfinal meeting with Russian Anastasia Gasanova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The home favorite saved 8 of 12 break points while breaking Gasanova's serve eight times and capitalizing on her opponent's 13 double faults.

Putintseva advanced to the semifinals and will face No. 6 seed Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, who also needed three sets Thursday. Peterson took down Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4. No. 2 Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium swept No. 7 Varvara Gracheva of Russia 6-4, 6-4, and Jaqueline Cristian of Romania defeated Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3.

--Field Level Media

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