Germany’s Julia Goerges brought an end to Daria Kasatkina’s reign as Charleston champion with a commanding victory in the quarterfinals.
The German fifth seed upset Russian third seed Kasatkina 6-4 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Volvo Car Open for the first time.
Goerges fell behind to an early break but was rarely troubled there after, recovering the deficit and hitting 33 winners to 18 forced errors on her way to winning in one hour and 17 minutes.
“The key was to be patient and wait for opportunities to be aggressive. I’m an aggressive player but sometimes I need to wait two or three more balls,” Goerges told wtatour.com.
Skips past defending champ Kasatkina 6-4, 6-3! pic.twitter.com/27CyW5Ijy0
— WTA (@WTA) April 6, 2018
Kasatkina has risen from 24th to 12th in the world rankings with an excellent start to the year, but was unable to keep that run going at a tournament she won last year.
“I was really upset after the match,” said the Russian.
“I’m happy that I have this experience now, and I went through this and I’m pretty sure next time is going to be much easier.”
Goerges goes on to face Latvian eighth seed Anstasija Sevastova, who beat Czech sixth seed Kristyna Pliskova 6-4 6-0.
In the other half of the draw, seventh seed Madison Keys edged past fellow American Bernarda Pera 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5, and next faces Ducth 12th seed Kiki Bertens, who beat France’s Alize Cornet 6-2 7-5.
Top seed Garbine Muguruza raced into the last four in Monterrey by winning 12 of the last 13 games against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.
Muguruza fell 2-0 down before powering back to win 6-3 6-0, and the Spaniard goes on to face Ana Bogdan in the semifinals.
Routs Tomljanovic, 6-3, 6-0! pic.twitter.com/xNzyP1odfK
— WTA (@WTA) April 7, 2018
“I think I am improving here in Monterrey,” said Muguruza. “I made some good decisions today, some were okay, some were worse, but I always think I can play better.”
Romanian sixth seed Bogdan defeated American Danielle Collins 6-2 6-4.
American Saschia Vickery knocked out second seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-0 6-3 and next faces fourth seed Timea Babos of Hungary, who saw off Monica Puig 6-4 6-2.
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