04/16 09:49 CDT Diyas reaches 1st WTA quarterfinals since 2012
Diyas reaches 1st WTA quarterfinals since 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan reached her first
WTA quarterfinals in two years by defeating Italian qualifier Giulia
Gatto-Monticone 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.
No. 6-seeded Diyas broke the Italian's serve five times and saved four
breakpoints to qualify for her first quarterfinals since 2012 in Taiwan.
Also through to the last eight were No. 4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria,
and Magda Linette of Poland.
Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, ranked 10th, defeated Turkish
qualifier Pemra Ozgen 6-1, 6-3 to open her tournament account, and will face
Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in the second round on Thursday, with Diyas waiting in