New Haven, CT, United States (4E Sports) – Ekaterina Makarova reeled off seven straight games en route to a 7-5, 6-1 upset victory over top seed and world No. 5 Sara Errani Wednesday in the second round of the New Haven Open at Yale.
“She’s not a comfortable player for me, as I had lost the last couple times we played,” said Makarova, who notched her fourth career Top 5 win. “So today I was trying to be extra aggressive on my serve and go to the net. I also tried to attack her second serve.”
In the quarterfinal, Makarova will next take on Simona Halep, who recovered from a one-set deficit on her way to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.
Also in the day session, fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Karin Knapp, 6-1, 7-5, to advance against Sloane Stephens, a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 winner over Julia Goerges.
Former New Haven titlist and third seed Petra Kvitova got past Alison Riske, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 to seal a quarterfinal clash against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
On the men’s side, sixth seed Sam Querrey saved five match points en route to a 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(10) triumph over 11th seed Jarkko Nieminen Wednesday to reach the quarterfinal of the Winston-Salem Open.
Querrey hit 19 aces and saved three of four break points to finish the match in two hours and 10 minutes and seal a quarterfinal clash with Ricardas Berankis, who dismissed Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-3, in 75 minutes.
“I’m really proud of myself to have pulled through it,” said Querrey. “It feels good. I felt better in this match than the first one and tomorrow I’m hoping I’ll feel even better.”
Querrey, ranked 29th in the world, defeated Berankis in the Los Angeles final last year to win his seventh ATP World Tour title.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov defeated countryman Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-3, 7-5, to reach his third straight quarterfinal against ninth seed Jurgen Melzer, who defeated No. 5 seed Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 6-3.
Alexandr Dolgopolov closed out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 8 seed Juan Monaco. He will take on Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu, who downed American qualifier Steve Johnson, 6-3, 6-2.
Seventh seed Fernando Verdasco defeated Robin Haase, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3 to seal a date with Gael Monfils, who prevailed over fourth seed Tommy Robredo, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2.