Turkey’s leading tennis pro Cagla Buyukakcay went through to quarter finals in her hometown WTA event for the first time.
Just three days ago, World No. 118 Cagla Buyukakcay from Turkey had no win at the Istanbul Cup main draw in six occasions. Now, she became first home-grown quarter finalist at Istanbul Cup.
Cagla, known with her fiercing competitiveness, defeated Rumanian former top 30 player Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-2 in front of supportive home crowd. She fired up 4-0 in both sets, but Cirstea regained one break similarly. Buyukakcay closed the sets after couple of challenging games, saved several break points on her serve.
Sorana Cirstea outclassed Cagla on winners 20 to 9, but she made numerous unforced errors.
Cagla Buyukakcay, who’ll appear in third career WTA quarters, will play against Japanese Nao Hibino, who eliminated Hungarian Reka-Luka Jani 2-6, 6-2 and 6-3.
On outside court, Switzerland’s Stefanie Vögele won 6-4, 6-1 against Andreea Mitu to reach her first WTA quarter final in this season.