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Badosa and Podoroska reach Belgrade quarters

At the Serbia Ladies Open in Belgrade on Tuesday, seeds Paula Badosa and Nadia Podoroska made it safely into the quarter-finals, while Anna Kalinskaya caused the sole upset of the day by defeating 6th seed Kristina Mladenovic in a first round encounter.

Badosa, the Spanish 4th seed, took out Mihaela Buzarnescu from Romania,  6-0 6-4, in the second round in an hour and 21 minutes.

For a place in the semi-finals, Badosa will play the winner between Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, the 7th seed, and Ajla Tomljanovic from Australia.

The Swede rallied from a set down to defeat home favourite Nina Stojanovic, 5-7 6-1 6-0, in an hour and 55 minutes, while Tomljanovic was a 6-4 6-3 winner over local wild card Ivana Jorovic.

Podoroska, the No 5 seed from Argentina, ousted France’s Oceane Dodin, 6-2 6-3, in an hour and 22 minutes in her second round match, saving all 7 break points she faced while converting 3 of the 7 break points she created on the Frenchwoman’s serve.

The Argentine also won around 73% of her first-serve points, while Dodin could manage to win only about 53% points off her first deliveries.

In her quarter-final, Podoroska will play either Croatian Ana Konjuh or 2nd seed Yulia Putintseva from Kazakstan, who play on Wednesday.

Konjuh, who continues her comeback from long-term elbow problems and qualified for her spot in the main draw, defeated Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium, 6-2 1-6 7-5, in her opening-round match after an hour and 48 minutes on court.

Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya upset 6th seed Mladenovic, 6-0 7-6(6), after an hour 42 minutes, finishing with 78 points to the Frenchwoman’s 62 points in their opening encounter.

In the second round, the World No 89 will play Hungarian qualifier, Reka-Luca Jani., who defeated Tereza Martincova from the Czech Republic, 6-2 0-6 7-5 after 2 hours 3 minutes.

Belarus’ World No 103 Aliaksandra Sasnovich got off to a good start seeing off qualifier Xiyu Wang from China, 6-7(8) 6-0 6-2, and she will next play Spain’s Cristina Bucsa for a spot in the quarters.


Nadia Podoroska awaits to play either Yulia Putintseva or Ana Konjuh for a place in the semi-final of the Serbia Ladies Open

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