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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday September 23, 2021


Tereza Martincova notched her third career Top-20 win to reach the last eight at Ostrava.

Photo Source: JT Banka Ostrava Open

Czech wild card Tereza Martincova is wild about playing on home soil. She reached her first WTA final this summer at Prague, she has continued to make waves in her native Czech Republic.

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On Thursday the 26-year-old took down 13th-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) to set a quarterfinal with No.4-seeded Maria Sakkari at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open.

Martincova, who saved a match point to defeat Katerina Siniakova in her first round victory, rallied in the opening set after Pavlychenkova served for it at 5-4.

After taking the tiebreak she found herself leading 5-1 in the second set but a determined Pavluchenkova pushed back to level the score at five apiece, saving a pair of match points in the process.

Martincova failed to serve the match out three times and nearly squandered a 4-1 lead in the second-set tiebreak, but eventually got over the hump to earn her victory in two hours and 19 minutes.

Martincova is projected to make a new career-high ranking of 53 thanks to her win.

Sakkari and Ostapenko Exchange Words in Heated Clash

Martincova's next opponent, Maria Sakkari of Greece, eased past Jelena Ostapenko in a match that had a moment of drama in the opening set. After Sakkari broke Ostapenko for 4-3 words were exchanged and Sakkari called for the supervisor, claiming that Ostapenko had used an obscenity against her.

Eventually, after Sakkari claimed her 6-4, 6-2 victory, the pair met at the net and seemed to have everything worked out. All’s well that ends well.

Also moving into the quarterfinals on Thursday was No.7-seeded Elena Rybakina, who set a clash with top-seeded Iga Swiatek by defeating Magda Linette, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Third-seeded Belinda Bencic was also a winner, 6-2, 6-3, over Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.


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