Today's action in Hologic WTA Tour has emerged the field of quarterfinalists in both this week's WTA 250 tournaments which take place in Hua Hin and Lyon.
Shuai Zhang will not defend her last year's title from Lyon, as she got eliminated in today's second round match, losing to Maryna Zanevska with a crushing score 2-6 0-6. The top seed and local favorite - Caroline Garcia, has also faced a trouble, losing the opening set of her match against Alyson Van Uytvanck. Garcia showed her class since then though, regrouping herself in style, winning the following two sets 6-0 and 6-1, giving the Belgian no chance in general.
Anastasia Potapova won the very interesting match against another local player - Clara Burel. The Russian was on the front foot after winning the opening set and being a break up in second. Burel fought back to the match and forced the decider, where Potapova injured the ankle and needed to receive a treatment during medical time-out. Despite that, she managed to prevail deciding set with a 6-3 score and moving into quarterfinal. Potapova admitted then during post-match interview, that she was feeling her issue throughout the third set, but the match adrenaline helped her to overcome the pain.
Bianca Andreescu will face Marta Kostyuk in the most interesting QF match-up of Thailand Open. The Canadian has defeated Anastasia Zakharova with a confident 6-2 7-5 win. Kostyuk also won in two sets, playing with Nao Hibino, but needed to work out for the win quite longer than anticipated, as the Ukrainian did not convert two match points and fought for the win in long and tight 2nd set tie-break ended up with score 9-7. Another Ukrainian player has not showed up so well today, as Dayana Yastremska lost to Tatiana Maria 0-6 4-6, winning her first game after the series of 9 games conceded from the start and managed to prevail in just 1 out of 8 service games during whole the match.
Heather Watson continues her great run in Thailand. The Brit who eliminated seed #2 Yulia Putintseva in first round after 3 hours of intense battle, fought another long three-setter today. Watson needed 2:36 hours today to defeat Na-Lae Han from South Korea with a score 6-3 5-7 6-4.