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PUIG ROUNDS OUT FINAL EIGHT IN BOGOTA

2015-4-17


BOGOTA Colombia - Monica Puig rounded out the quarterfinal line-up at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Thursday afternoon, beating Nicole Gibbs in the last second round match of the week, 6-4, 6-2.

The first set was up-and-down - Puig jumped out to a 2-0 lead with points for 3-0, then Gibbs dug out of that hole and won four games in a row to lead 4-2. But the last swing went the other way, as the No.2-seeded Puig won six games in a row to build a 6-4, 2-0 lead, and she never really looked back.

Awaiting Puig in the quarterfinals is No.5 seed Yaroslava Shvedova, who stormed out to a 6-0, 2-0 lead and ended up needing just 56 minutes to close out American qualifierSachia Vickery, 6-0, 6-2.

"I'm happy I played well today - it's not easy at this altitude," Shvedova said. "I've been struggling for a few days. Today I was feeling better and breathing better, but my opponent wasn't feeling well.

"It was a shame we couldn't put on a better match, but I'm happy I stuck with my strategy."

Shvedova has beaten Puig in both of their previous meetings, including in Australia this year.

The other two matches of the day were a pair of all-unseeded battles, with Colombia'sMariana Duque-Marino beating Tatjana Maria, 6-4, 6-4, and Julia Glushko battling pastAlexandra Panova, 6-4, 6-2.

"It was a complete game for me today," Duque-Marino commented after her win over Maria. "I had a very clear strategy and started very well, and I am very happy with the way I played out there today."

This is Duque-Marino's fifth time reaching the quarterfinals here, her best result being winning the title in 2010. She's only reached one other WTA quarterfinal in her career - at Acapulco in 2012.

Glushko beat Duque-Marino in the pair's only previous meeting, in Australian Open qualies in 2013.

"I've known Mariana for quite a while. She's only one year older than me, so I've known her since juniors," Glushko said. "We've played doubles before and we're good friends. I've only played her one time, in Australian Open qualies two years ago, and it was a tight match - it was a very long one.

"She has an advantage of playing at home and she's a great player, but I'm looking forward to it."

"She plays very well," Duque-Marino said of the Israeli.

"She has great shots off both sides and serves very well, too. I need to be on top of my game."


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