Tomljanovic outlasts top-seeded Mertens at Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia outlasted top-seeded and 17th-ranked Elise Mertens of Belgium 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) in a marathon match on Tuesday at the Birmingham grass-court tournament.

Tomljanovic overcame 14 aces by Mertens, who had 12 double-faults in a tight, tense match that lasted just over three hours. Ranked No. 72, the 28-year-old Tomljanovic, who was born in Croatia, had won 14 of 26 singles matches this season entering this tournament.

In other matches Tuesday: No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia beat 19-year-old American Catherine McNally 6-4, 6-2; Shuai Zhang of China defeated Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-2, 7-5; Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine beat American Madison Brengle 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Leylah Fernandez of Canada topped Yafan Wang of China 7-5, 6-3; Daria Kasatkina of Russia came back to defeat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Anastasia Potapova of Russia rallied to defeat Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4; and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Lauren Davis of the United States 6-4, 6-1.

Sakkari through to Parma Open quarterfinals; Stephens loses

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PARMA, Italy — Top-seeded Maria Sakkari rallied past Arantxa Rus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Parma Ladies Open.

Sakkari, who accepted a late wild card to the red clay court tournament, was playing her first event since losing to Wang Xiyu in the second round of the U.S. Open.

The Greek player will next face Maryna Zanevska of Belgium after she eased past Dalma Galfi 6-1, 6-3.

Fourth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, lost to Danka Kovinic 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

Kovinic will face Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals after the Italian defeated compatriot Elisabetta Cocciaretto 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

There will be an American in the final eight, however, as Lauren Davis rallied to beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Sorribes Tormo had eliminated second-seeded Martina Trevisan in straight sets in the opening round.

Davis will play Mayar Sherif after the Egyptian player defeated Simona Waltert 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Also, third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania eased past Italian wild card Matilde Paoletti 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal against sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan, who beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Sorribes Tormo beats 2nd-seeded Trevisan at Parma Open

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PARMA, Italy — Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-seeded Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the opening round of the Parma Ladies Open – marking the third consecutive first-round loss for this year’s French Open semifinalist.

Third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu advanced when Viktoriya Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.

Danka Kovinic beat Oceane Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Also on the red clay courts, Mayar Sherif of Egypt eliminated fifth-seeded Anna Bondar 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated seventh-seeded Nuria Parrizas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilde Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by beating Romanian qualifier Gabriela Lee 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.