Puig advances to quarter-finals of Quebec City WTA event

Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig hits a backhand against Colombia’s Mariana Duque Mariño on July 30, 2018, in the tennis women’s singles final at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. Puig won the match 6-1, 6-1. EPA-EFE/Luis Eduardo Noriega A.

Quebec City, Canada, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Coupe Banque Nationale, moving through when American Madison Brengle retired from the match while trailing 7-5, 3-0.

The third seed and reigning Olympic tennis women’s singles gold medalist trailed 5-1 in the first set of that Wednesday second-round contest, but she proceeded to win nine games in a row before Brengle was forced to stop due to a right-hand injury.

«I felt like I was forcing a bit too much when I needed to build the point a little bit more,» Puig, referring to her slow start, was quoted as saying on the WTA’s Web site.

«The most important thing is that I was able to regroup and come back and fight my way out of that first set. I was a little bit more patient with my strokes … until I found an opportunity to do what I needed to do,» she added.

Also booking a spot in the final eight of this hard-court WTA event on Wednesday were France’s Pauline Parmentier, the United Kingdom’s Heather Watson and American Varvara Lepchenko.

The eighth-seeded Parmentier edged American Christina McHale 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, Watson defeated Canadian wildcard Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 7-5 and Lepchenko followed up her first-round upset of top-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka by overcoming Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

In two first-round matches on Wednesday, second-seeded Croatian Petra Martic routed the UK’s Naomi Broady 6-1, 6-1 and fifth-seeded American Sofia Kenin got past Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-4.