Elise Mertens (WTA 15) has on Thursday placed for the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in the Chinese Tianjin (hard/ $ 750,000).
Third seed Mertens was in the eighth-finals in two sets too strong for the Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova (WTA 273): 6-2, and 6-3 after 1 hour and 6 minutes.
It was the first mutual duel between the 22-year-old Mertens, and the 25-year-old Cepelova.
For the last eight takes Mertens against Su-Wei Hsieh (WTA 30) from Taiwan. The fifth seed defeated the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (WTA 122) with 6-2, 2-6 and 6-2. In the mutual confrontation leads Mertens 1-0. In may of this year, defeated the Taiwanese with 6-0 and 6-2 in the semi-finals of the WTA tour tournament in the Moroccan city of Rabat, where Mertens eventually the race picked up.