Home favourite Marie Bouzkova, the only seed in action on Day 3, advanced to the Livesport Prague Open quarter-finals when the 8th seed saw off fellow Czech, teenage qualifier, Dominika Salkova, 6-1 6-2, in 71 minutes on Wednesday.
Salkova, 18-years old and ranked 421, is a member of a squad of Czech youngsters who are showing that the future of the country’s tennis is in good hands, and includes Linda Noskova (age 17 / ranked 112), Lucie Havlickova (17 / 787), Barbora Palicova (18 / 373), Nikola Bartunkova (16 / 353), Linda Fruvirtova (17 / 155), Sara Bejlek (16 / 196), Brenda Fruvirtova (15 / 322), and Linda Klimovicova (18 / 876). For more click HERE.
A population of just 10.7 million has produced 7 of the world’s current Top 100 players, including 2 Grand Slam champions in Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejcikova, while the Czech team have taken home the Billie Jean King Cup trophy 6 times since 2011, and their modern-day success comes against the historical back-drop of a slew of legends from Hana Mandlikova to Jana Novotna.
Bouzkova, ranked 64, who was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, dominated Salkova, who won her first WTA main-draw match in the 1st-round of the WTA 250 hard-court tournament.
The 24-year old Czech won 61% of her first-serve points and 66% of her second-serve points, and also won 65% of points on return off Salkova’s second serve, while Bouzkova also saved 6 of the 7 break points she faced and converted 6 of the 10 break points she created.
Over the course of the match, Bouzkova won 66 points to Salkova’s 40, and the 8th seed will next face Oksana Selekhmeteva, after the 19-year-old Russian battled past Chloe Paquet of France, 6-4 1-6 6-3, to record her second victory in the main draw of a WTA-level tournament.
Continuing her good form in the Czech capital, Selekhmeteva finished with 79 points for the match, 2 fewer than Paquet’s 81, in a match that saw a combined total of 14 service breaks, 7 apiece, with 15 break points, 9 on the Frenchwoman’s serve and 6 on the teenager’s serve.
China’s Wang Qiang also advanced, beating Dalila Jakupovic, 6-3 6-1, in 64 minutes, breaking the Slovenian 6 times while conceding her serve twice in the match before finishing with 57 points, 24 more than her opponent’s 33.
Wang will face Magda Linette in the quarter-finals after the Pole defeated Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova, 6-3 6-3, in her round-of-16 match.
It took Linette an hour and 17 minutes to progress, winning a high margin of points on her serve compared to her opponent, 71% of first-serve points and 76% of second-serve points to the Bulgarian’s 59% and 50% respectively.
The Pole was never threatened as she also did not face a single break point, and converted 3 breaks on the Tomova’s serve.