By: Mike McIntyre
Photos: Jimmie48 Tennis Photography
The quarterfinals are set after matches were completed Wednesday at the Sydney International.
Aga Radwanska continued her impressive play with a 7-6(4), 6-0 win over 18 year old Cici Bellis. The young American is an up-and-coming player to watch on the WTA Tour but had no answer for the veteran Radwanska in the second set.
Radwanska will now face 26 year old qualifier Camila Giorgi who upset Petra Kvitova 7-6(7), 6-2. Giorgi has advanced to her first WTA quarterfinal since last June on grass in Birmingham. The pair stand at one victory apiece in their career head-to-head.
Top seeded Garbine Muguruza got through her opening match of the tournament after a first round bye and she dispatched Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6(6). After the win however Muguruza withdrew from the event giving Daria Gavrilova a walkover into the semifinals.
After the match against Bertens, Muguruza revealed that, "Since the start I felt a little bit my abductor. I already felt it in Brisbane, so I thought I was going to be much better, but it came back."
This marks the second consecutive tournament (as she eluded to above) that Muguruza has been bothered by injury and unable to complete the event on her own terms. A troubling situation as we head into the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.
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