Hamburg | Three Germans advance into quarters on home soil

Four Germans made it into the 2nd-round of the Hamburg European Open, the WTA 250 clay court tournament in Northern Germany, but only 3 advanced to the quarter-finals – Jule Niemeier, Eva Lys and wild-card Noma Noha Akugue, who joined Bernarda Pera, the last seed standing in the draw.

Niemeier posted 48 winners to Yulia Putintseva’s 8, as she rallied out to a 5-7 6-3 6-1 upset win over the 6th seed from Kazakstan to reach the Last 8 in her homeland, her first WTA quarter-final since Cluj-Napoca in 2022.

The German had to come from a set and a break down to defeat Putintseva in 2 hours and 36 minutes to advance, winning 77% of her first-serve points and 40% off her second-serve, while she also won 69% of points on returning Putintseva’s second delivery.

Niemeier, ranked 103 in the world, who converted 7 break points on her opponent’s serve while saving 5 of the 9 break points she faced, will next face Daria Saville.

The Australian defeated Niemeier’s compatriot, Tamara Korpatsch, 7-6(6) 6-2, in their 2nd-round encounter.

Saville saved a set point in a bruising first set against the German on her way to reaching her first quarter-final since returning from an ACL injury in June.

Eva Lys easily dispatched Panna Udvardy to reach the quarter-finals in Hamburg

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Lys, who dispatched 2nd-seeded Mayar Sherif from Egypt in her opener, continued her impressive form by beating Hungary’s Panna Udvardy, 6-3 6-1, with little difficulty.

Next up for the 21-year old German, who is ranked 166, is 7th seed Arantxa Rus, from the Netherlands.

Rus dropped the middle set before outpacing Argentine Nadia Podoroska, 6-3 3-6 7-5, to reach her first tour-level quarter-final since Rabat 2022.

It was also the Dutchwoman’s 23rd victory in her previous 26 matches at all levels..

19-year old wild-card Noma Noha Akugue came from a bagel set down to beat Storm Hunter, making the quarters on her main draw debut in Hamburg on Wednesday

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The 3rd home player to make it into the quarters is 19-year old Noha Akugue, who bounced back to up-end Australia’s Storm Hunter, 0-6 7-6(2) 6-4, playing in the main draw of a WTA tournament for the first time in her career this week.

The wild-card saved 2 match points as Hunter served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

Both players had converted 3 break points each on the other’s serve before Noha Akugue levelled the match after winning the tiebreak.

In the deciding set, Hunter won 72% of her first-serve points to the German’s 64%, but Hoha Akuque won 10 of 15 points on return on the Australian’s second serve, while winning 55% of her second-serve points.

The set had just the one break, of Hunter’s serve, while Hoha Akugue saved all the 5 break points she faced.



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