The Italian Sara Errani, current number 167 in the world and former number 5, was classified for the quarter finals this Wednesday in the Palermo Ladies Open after overcoming in more than two hours of game against the Czech Kristyna Pliskova.
The day of the Palermo club (Sicily, south) also saw the triumphs of the French Fiona Ferro at the expense of the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, eighth seed, and Elisabetta Cocciaretto against the Croatian Donna Vekic, sixth favorite.
After a battle of two hours and four minutes, Errani managed to overcome and prevail by 3-6, 6-4 and 6-3 Karolina Pliskova’s sister Kristyna Pliskova (n.69), which allowed her to add her 180th victory on clay, something that no player still active has achieved.
It took all of his mental strength for Errani, twice champion in Palermo (2008 and 2012), to recover after losing the first set 3-6, with a tremendous start in which he suffered thirteen points in a row.
But his reaction was forceful and, after winning the second set without granting chances of breaks, he sentenced the duel 6-3 in a decisive set, without letting himself be offset by the rain, which forced the match to stop for about fifteen minutes.
His rival will be the talented French Fiona Ferro, who reached the second round this year at the Australian Open and the round of 16 in St. Petersburg, sealed this Wednesday the second victory of his career against top 30 rivals in the world ranking.
Before Alexandrova, No. 8 seed and champion this year in Shenzhen, Ferro sealed the win by 7-5 and 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes, in a match in which he managed to overcome a delicate start, in which he gave up the serve in the first game and was behind 0-2.
The 23-year-old French player chained her second consecutive quarterfinal on Palermo clay and will now have two days off before seeking a new surprise against Errani.
Another surprise came from the Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto, which was imposed by 6-2 and 6-4 to Donna Vekic, number 24 in the ranking. In the quarterfinals, you will see the faces with the winner of the eighth among the estonia Anett Kontaveit and the German Laura Siegemund.
Belarusian continues to grow Sasnovich, number 118 in the world ranking and former number 30, who has already accumulated five games in the Palermo tournament. He passed three qualifying rounds, the last at the expense of the Spanish Lara Arruabarrena, and struck on Tuesday the Belgian Elise Mertens, fifth favorite.
This Wednesday overwhelmingly beat the Italian Jasmine Paolini (6-0 and 6-2) and reached a quarterfinal more than a year after the last time, dating back to the Sydney 2019 tournament, when he was a semi-finalist after starting the qualifying phase.
In the central court of the Palermo club, in which 350 people were allowed access with strict rules of distance, Sasnovich only gave fourteen points in the first quarter to Paolini (6-0) and sentenced the duel with a 6-2 in just 72 minutes.
Its quarterfinal may be of the highest demand, as it will be measured with the Croatian Petra Martic, number 15 in the WTA ranking and first favorite, if she defeats the Russian this Thursday Liudmila Samsonova, number 117 on the planet.