Viking International: Aryna Sabalenka reaches QF as seeds lose way in 2R

Seeds toppled at the Viking International on Wednesday.

Elena Rybakina ousted second seed Elina Svitolina 6-4, 7-6(3) in an hour and 38 minutes in their second-round match. The Kazakh had 32 winners and unforced errors each in the match. In the quarter-final, Rybakina will play lucky loser Anastasija Sevastova, who came from a set down to defeat Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes.

Sevastova’s compatriot, Jelena Ostapenko, also reached the last eight. The former French Open champion defeated the in-form Ons Jabeur, who won her first career title last week in Birmingham, in their second-round clash. Ostapenko won 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 44 minutes. In the quarter-final, Ostapenko will play Daria Kasatkina.

Kasatkina, who played the Birmingham final against Jabeur last week, reached the quarter-finals for the second straight week. The Russian came from a set down to upset the fourth-seeded Iga Swiatek 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. This was Kasatkina’s 13th win over a player ranked in the top-10.

Viking International: Aryna Sabalenka moves on 

Anett Kontaveit and Viktorija Golubic will take on each other for a place in the semi-finals.

Kontaveit upset the third-seeded Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-3 in just 66 minutes. The Estonian hit 16 winners, seven more than the Canadian’s nine. Speaking with the press post-match, Kontaveit went on to share, “I thought I played a really good match today. I was consistent throughout the whole match and felt like I really kept my level up and played some good tennis.”

Golubic’s win also came courtesy of an upset – over sixth seed and fellow Swiss, Belinda Bencic. Golubic, who qualified into the main draw, posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory in an hour and 31 minutes.

The only seed to escape getting routed at the Viking International on Wednesday was the top-seed Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian wrapped up a 6-1, 6-4 win over Alison Riske in just 67 minutes to reach the quarters, where she’ll take on Camila Giorgi.

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