Top seed Bertens to play Gauff in Linz quarterfinals

Tennis

Top seed Kiki Bertens will face American teenager Coco Gauff in the Linz Open quarterfinals on Friday.

The Dutchwoman beat Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, on Thursday, while no. 8 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova got through to the quarterfinals after beating Germany’s Laura Siegemund in Austria.

Ekaterina Alexandrova, 24, edged Siegemund 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-4 in a closely fought contest that saw five broken serves during a tense final set.

The Russian will be looking to go one better than her last Linz Open appearance, having finished runner-up to Camila Giorgi of Italy in last year’s tournament.

Alexandrova will face the winner of No. 4 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia and Kristina Mladenovic of France, who play later on Thursday.

In the other half of the draw, compatriot No. 9 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was upset by Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

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