Linz round-up: Bertens and Mladenovic seal comeback wins to reach quarters

Linz round-up: Bertens and Mladenovic seal comeback wins to reach quarters

10/10/2019 at 20:19Updated 10/10/2019 at 22:32

Top seed Kiki Bertens recovered from a set down to beat Alison van Uytvanck and reach the Linz Open quarter-finals.

The world number eight dropped her opening service game as Van Uytvanck took the first set 6-4.

But Bertens battled back to win 4-6 6-3 6-3 and book a last-eight showdown with 15-year-old Coco Cauff.

Video - Highlights: Bertens digs deep to set up meeting with Gauff


Earlier in the day, fourth seed Donna Vekic was sent packing after an impressive comeback from Kristina Mladenovic, who won 3-6 6-1 6-2.

Both players struggled severely on serve in the opening set. Mladenovic did not hold once, while Vekic recovered from dropping her first three service games to take the first set 6-3.

Remarkably, Mladenovic turned her fortunes around, holding serve every time going forward while breaking Vekic four times to take the next two sets and advance to the next round.

Video - Highlights: Mladenovic battles back to send fourth seend Vekic packing


Viktoria Kuzmova also enjoyed a comeback victory, battling to a 2-6 6-2 6-4 win over ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Eighth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova did manage to halt Laura Siegemund’s riposte, winning 7-6(1) 2-6 6-4 after more than two-and-a-half hours on court.

Video - Highlights: Ostapenko marches on after Cornet retires in second set


Jelena Ostapenko reached the quarter-finals after opponent Alize Cornet retired trailing 7-5 4-1.