Buzarnescu marches on in Nottingham, will face Osaka

By Alex Fisher 14 June 2018 282
Buzarnescu marches on in Nottingham, will face Osaka

Mihaela Buzarnescu's impressive form continued at the Nottingham Open on Wednesday as she moved into the quarter-finals at Irina Falconi's expense.

Buzarnescu has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the WTA Tour, reaching two finals and progressing to the fourth round of the French Open.

Her victory over Elina Svitolina at Roland Garros set a new personal best at grand slams and she has taken that momentum into Nottingham.

Wednesday's 6-3 5-7 6-3 victory over qualifier Falconi sees the Romanian into the last-eight of a grass-court competition for the first time.

She will face Naomi Osaka next after the third seed breezed past Denisa Allertova 6-3 6-2, Osaka continuing to impress in a year that has already seen her claim the Indian Wells title.

Dalila Jakupovic and Mona Barthel also progressed from round two on Wednesday, the latter needing three sets to see off second seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 1-6 7-5.

Two-time Rosmalen Grass Court Championships winner Coco Vandeweghe continues to march towards a third crown after another straight-sets win.

Vandeweghe has yet to drop a set this week and eased past Arantxa Rus thanks to 26 winners and 11 aces, the American winning 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to reach the quarters.

Viktoria Kuzmova also progressed, the Slovakian having dispatched Alison Van Uytvanck in a gruelling three-set match on Court 1.

The quarter-finals will see Veronika Kudermetova face Aleksandra Krunic, the seventh seed having made light work of Bibiane Schoofs.

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