8/1/2019 11:08:04 AM

Top seeds Svitolina, Sabalenka win at WTA San Jose event

Top seeds Svitolina, Sabalenka win at WTA San Jose event

San Francisco, USA: Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA San Jose hardcourt tournament with straight-set victories Wednesday.

Svitolina defeated Russia's Darya Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 while Sabalenka dispatched American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.

Seventh-ranked Svitolina booked a last-eight date against Greek seventh seed Maria Sakkari, who eliminated Japan's Mayo Hibi 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

It was Svitolina's first match since Wimbledon, where she became the first woman from her homeland to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, and she improved to 5-0 against Kasatkina.

"I played quite a solid match for my first match on hardcourts," Svitolina said. "I'm excited for all the matches here and overall this part of the season."

Sabalenka, ranked 10th, advanced to a quarter-final against Spanish sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Mattek-Sands defeated fellow wildcard Venus Williams in the opening round.

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