The duel between Bara and Bolsava was presented as the highlight of the day of this ITF 60,000 + H tournament on clay, although the Romanian imposed her rhythm from the beginning of the match and in the second set she completely dislodged the Spanish.
Bolsava was in tow from the start and although with work he managed to straighten the first set, he ended up losing 7-5. The effort made, both on Wednesday night to overcome her doubles partner Tereza Mrdeza and in the first set, took its toll on the Spanish who succumbed 6-0 in the second.
At the conclusion of the match, Bara, who has won ten of the twelve matches that she has played in her three appearances in Valencia, indicated that “this is one of my favorite tournaments and I really like playing here” and about the match stressed that “she She is a very good player, difficult to win, but today I had a very good day.
The second Spaniard who survived in the tournament, Guiomar Maristany Zuleta was about to surprise and sneak into the quarterfinals, although she ended up losing in three sets to the Slovakian Rebecca Sramkova, eighth seeded.
Maristany, who had entered the final draw since the previous phase, scored the first set 6-4. The Slovakian reacted in a tough second set to equalize the match. In the third, Sramkova found more facilities and went 5-1. The Spanish linked two games but could not go any further and ended up yielding 6-3, after 2 hours and 44 minutes.
The Slovak will meet in the quarterfinals against the German Tamara Korpatsch, third seed, who beat the Swiss Conny Perrin 6-3, 7-5.
The second favorite of the tournament, the Dutch Arantxa Rus, continues to advance steadily in the tournament, without giving up a single set, after surpassing the Russian Daria Mishina, who had reached the round of 16 after leaving the qualifying phase, with authority. by 6-4 and 6-3.
Julián Alonso’s pupil, who remains the main favorite in the draw, will play the quarterfinals against the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, who has become the revelation of the tournament, since after eliminating the Luxembourgian Mandy Minella in the first round – fifth seeded – she got rid of Sara Errani in the second round.
The Italian, who became top-5 of the circuit, had been invited by the organization and was one of the great attractions of the tournament. However, he could not overcome the great tennis of Kostyuk, who started very strong and scored the first set 6-2; while in the second he came back from an adverse 4-1 after signing up for five consecutive games that gave him the victory.
The Georgian Ekaterine Gorgodze beat the Italian Martina Trevisan in a disputed match, after almost three hours of play, by 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3, and will face Irina Bara in the next round.
The American Alexandra Kiick, seventh favorite, could not overcome the Russian Varvara Gracheva, who took the duel with great ease by a double 6-1 in less than an hour, and who will face the winner of the duel between the Verónica Cepede from Paraguay and Cagla Buyukakcay from Turkey, who will play in the night session. EFE