Giorgi upsets Stephens at Pan Pacific Open

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Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic reacts after winning a point against Timea Babos of Hungary during their second round match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Camila Giorgi dropped just three games to upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday.

The unseeded Italian, who reached the semifinals last year, beat the 2017 U.S. Open champion to set up a quarterfinal match against Belgian Elise Mertens.

"It was a good match for sure and I was able to play my game, show off my attacking style and be consistent," Giorgi said. "When I play I always focus on myself. I only made a few mistakes. That's always been my way, ever since I was little, to attack, to go forward, to put the pressure on. This surface suits my game, too."

Giorgi dropped her serve at 5-2 in the second set but she sealed the victory in the next game on her fourth match point.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat second-seeded Kiki Bertens 6-1, 7-5 to progress to the last eight, described her win as "super-tough."

Wild card Misaki Doi will be Pavlyuchenkova's opponent in the last eight after the Japanese upset seventh-seeded Donna Vekic 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan faces top-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan in the quarterfinals after she defeated qualifier Varvara Flink 6-1, 6-1.

At the Korea Open in Seoul, third-seeded Karolina Muchova reached her third quarterfinal in her last four tournaments when she defeated qualifier Timea Babos 6-2, 6-3.

"I was trying to be more focused on myself, to play my game, and it worked out," the Czech said. "I think I played pretty solid today, and it was enough to win the match."

Muchova will next take on Australian qualifier Priscilla Hon, who edged fifth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

At Guangzhou International in China, third-seeded Sofia Kenin beat qualifier Jasmine Paolini 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.

Kenin is the last seeded player remaining in the tournament and has yet to drop a set.

Kenin will take on Anna Blinkova as she aims for her fourth final of the year. Blinkova beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 6-1 in their quarterfinal.

Wild-card entry Samantha Stosur will play Viktorija Golubic in the other semifinal. Stosur beat Nina Stojanovic 6-2, 7-6 (1) and Golubic ousted Zhang Shuai 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.


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