Ons Jabeur, a Wimbledon finalist, advanced to the quarterfinals on Wednesday in her first appearance at the Silicon Valley Classic in 2022. In one hour and 22 minutes, the third-seeded Tunisian defeated Madison Keys of the US in the second round, 7-5, 6-1.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair between the two players as Jabeur won an early break before Keys broke back and took the lead for herself at 5-3. In the end, Keys lost every game that came after it in the set.
In Jabeur’s favor, the second set was comparatively simpler. Compared to Keys, who had eight winners overall and 22 unforced errors, Jabeur concluded the game with seven winners. Six of the nine break points she faced during the match on Keys’ serve were successfully converted by her.
Jabeur will play either Claire Liu or Veronika Kudermetova in the WTA 500 event, both of whom she hopes to defeat to advance to the semifinals.
Amanda Anisimova deviates from tradition at the Silicon Valley Classic
Meanwhile, Amanda Anisimova, a fellow countrywoman of Keys, recorded the day’s lone upset.
After recovering from a set behind, Anisimova defeated eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, in an hour and 37 minutes. Anisimova ended up with four breaks overall, all of which came in the latter two sets of the match.
She misplaced her serve twice during the course of the match, once in the first set and once in the second. Anisimova didn’t have any break points in the decisive set. In their round of 16 match, second seed Paula Badosa halted Elizabeth Mandlik in her tracks.
But the Spaniard had a fight on her hands, as it took her three sets and two hours and 31 minutes to beat the American teenager, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5). Next up is either Naomi Osaka or sixth seed Coco Gauff for Badosa.
Last but not least, seventh seed Daria Kasatkina also through to the Silicon Valley Classic quarterfinals. In 70 minutes, Kasatkina defeated Taylor Townsend, an American, 6-4, 6-0. Kasatkina will be followed by Caroline Dolehide or Aryna Sabalenka, the fourth seed.