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Aussie upsets Pegula as Halep, Hurkacz fall at Washington

Australia’s Daria Saville upset top-seeded defending champion Jessica Pegula 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday on the ATP and WTA Washington Open, the place Hubert Hurkacz and Simona Halep additionally exited.

World quantity 88 Saville ripped the seventh-ranked American in scorching and humid circumstances whereas Romanian third seed Halep retired down 7-5, 2-0 to Anna Kalinskaya with sickness.

“I stayed actually composed,” Saville mentioned. “I managed the power very well. It was very popular. However I believed it is scorching for everybody so get on with it.”

Polish second seed Hurkacz crashed out in his second-round match on the US Open hardcourt tuneup, falling to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Saville booked a quarter-final match in opposition to Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino, who beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The 28-year-old Russian-born Aussie gained her solely WTA title on the 2017 Connecticut Open however dispatched Pegula in 98 minutes for her second top-10 win of the 12 months after downing Ons Jabeur at Indian Wells in March.

“Everybody’s perspective is I am right here to win the match and I am no completely different,” Saville mentioned. “I am enjoying actually good tennis proper now. I am excited for extra.”

Saville fell to 627th on the earth rankings after Achilles tendon surgical procedure that sidelined her for many of final 12 months. Now she’s into her third quarter-final of the 12 months after Miami and Guadalajara.

“I am pleased,” Saville mentioned. “It creates good popularity. Gamers are going to say, ‘She’s enjoying effectively. She has some good wins this 12 months.'”

Ruusuvuori, now set to succeed in one shy of his profession excessive at forty third within the rankings, denied Hurkacz on all 4 break-point probabilities to advance after one hour and 44 minutes.

“I simply tried to hold in there and keep as powerful as can,” Ruusuvuori mentioned. “Lengthy rallies, they actually drain you and also you begin to really feel dizzy in the course of the factors. Very powerful.”

His third-round foe shall be Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, who ousted fifteenth seed Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 after eliminating three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in spherical one.

Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka ousted Aussie eleventh seed Alex De Minaur 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. The world quantity 96 will subsequent face seventh seed Karen Khachanov.

US third seed Taylor Fritz beat Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-3 to ebook a third-round match in opposition to British sixteenth seed Daniel Evans.

World quantity 13 Fritz comes off a five-set Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Rafael Nadal and two weeks in a boot with a stress fracture in his left foot.

“It has felt nice. No ache in any respect. It is a actually good signal,” Fritz mentioned. “Provides me a number of confidence transferring ahead that it’ll be good and I am not going to simply randomly break my foot like I used to be scared I would.”

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