TIANJIN, China | Garcia, Mertens cruise into Tianjin quarterfinals
TIANJIN, China — Second-seeded Caroline Garcia of France moved into the Tainjin Open quarterfinals after defeating Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuxuan 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.
The 16th-ranked Garcia will play sixth-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia for a semifinal berth on Friday.
Third-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium also advanced by defeating Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-3.
Mertens’ serve was broken both times she offered Cepelova an opportunity, but Mertens had the upper hand by breaking serve six times in the match.