The women were in action and looking to stake their claim to the quarterfinals on Thursday in New Haven; as Jennifer Brady, Lauren Davis, Usue Maitane Arconada, Heather Watson and more were among the winners of the day.
Brady, the tournament No. 2 seed making her second career Oracle Challenger Series appearance, is looking to continue a strong 2019 that has included a semifinal appearance in Nottingham and a tough three-set loss to World No. 4 Simona Halep in the second round of the Canadian Open.
Brady was too much for fellow American Nicole Gibbs, winning 6-4, 6-3 in just over an hour and a half of play. Gibbs fought valiantly in her attempt to continue her comeback tour but was unable to match the pace and shot making of Brady. Next up for her is a quarterfinal showdown versus Anna Blinkova.
Lauren Davis, who knows what it takes to make a deep run at the Oracle Challenger Series, eliminated Varvara Lepchenko after an incredible comeback on Court 1. After Lepchenko pounced to an early 6-4 one set lead, Davis came storming back to win the second set without dropping a game, ultimately advancing by the score of 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Usue Maitane Arconada continued her impressive week in New Haven after shutting out Jana Cepelova 6-0 in the opening set. Her dominance continued into the second frame as she went up 4-1, and the Russian eventually retired from the match.
Elsewhere in international action, No. 11 seed Heather Watson and No. 9 seed Astra Sharma each advanced to the quarterfinals with victories in the afternoon. In a tough matchup against the higher seeded Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo, Watson came out on top in a three-set thriller and sets up a quarterfinal contest against the winner of Lao/Cepede Royg. For Australia’s Sharma, she meets Usue Maitane Arconada next.
After great morning success for the American women on Thursday, Ann Li and Christina McHale were unable to continue the trend. Each facing tough competition in seeded players Pauline Parmentier and Anna Blinkova respectively, the two international women booked their stay in the quarterfinals.