Wozniacki through to last eight in Tokyo

epa04909869 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland hits a return to Misaki Doi of Japan during their match on the third day of the 2015 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 02 September 2015.

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In the singles yesterday, Muguruza of Spain beat Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Since the beginning of grass court season in June, the 18-year-old Swiss has posted a 27-6 record. The No.3-seeded Spaniard slugged away for an hour and 45 minutes to beat former Top 20 player Barbora Strycova in two tight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

“Sam was serving great today, so I had a lot of trouble when I was returning”.

“Obviously it was a very hard match”, Bencic said afterward. “There are a few things I want to work on but I’m happy with the victory”. “I am really happy that I was able to win such a hard match”.

Chuang Chia-jung advanced to the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday, but fellow Taiwanese Chan Chin-wei crashed out of the first round.

The eighth-seeded Bencic will meet third-seeded Garbine Muguruza for a semifinal spot.

Bencic started the match slowly but managed to turn the tide after losing the first in a tiebreak and facing double break points in the second. It will also be an important match for both in the sense that they are still very much in the competition for the last five places in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, and there will be some crucial points up for grabs right here in Tokyo this week.

Konjuh made a bright start, breaking the Dane’s serve in the very first game of the match, but it was all downhill for the Croat from there as the top seed proved to be way too solid for her. The scoreline in favor of Wozniacki: 6-2, 6-2.

Kerber struggled with her serve in the opener and a break in the 11th game enabled Brengle to move ahead, however the German quickly found her composure.

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Bencic rallied to beat Samantha Stosur 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark eyes the ball as she returns a shot to Ana Konjuh of Croatia during their Pan Pacific Open women's singles tennis match in Tokyo Japan. – Reuters pic