Palermo Open: Seeds Danielle Collins, Shuai Zhang, Astra Sharma book QF spots

Danielle Collins, the top-seeded player at the Palermo Open reached the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The American defeated Maddison Inglis 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 19 minutes in their second-round clash.

Collins won 73% of her first-serve points as compared to the Australian winning 45%. While Collins was broken thrice in the match, she also converted six of the eight break points she had on Inglis’ serve. The world no. 44 won 63 points in the match, 20 more than Inglis’ 43.

Collins, who’s attempting to reach the semi-final of a clay tournament for the second time in her career in as many weeks, will now play another Australian, Astra Sharma in the quarter-finals.

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The seventh seed defeated Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 47 minutes in their round-of-16 match. Vikhlyantseva hit 11 double faults in the match to Sharma’s lone double fault. Sharma made good of six of the 12 break-point opportunities she had while saving seven of the 11 break points, she faced. Sharma ended up winning 78 points to Vikhlyantseva’s 68 for the match. This is Sharma’s third quarter-final this season.

Fourth seed Shuai Zhang also made it to the last eight in the Italian city. Zhang defeated American Francesca di Lorenzi 6-1, 6-2 in 68 minutes. Zhang converted all five break points she had on di Lorenzi’s serve and saved three of the four break points she faced, all of which came in the second set. Zhang won 60 points to di Lorenzi’s 36 for the match.

For a place in the semi-finals of the Palermo Open, Zhang will take on Serbian Olga Danilovic. Danilovic ousted Katarina Zavatska 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 27 minutes in their second-round match. Of the four matches played on Wednesday, the Danilovic-Zavatska match was the longest. Danilovic finished the match with just seven more points more than Zavatska, 96 to the latter’s 89.  

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