Kurumi hammers Putintseva at Japan Open

Unseeded Kurumi Nara of Japan beat third seed Yulia Putintseva in the second round of the Sogyo Hashimoto Japan Women’s Open on Thursday.

Nara hammered Kazak Putintseva 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 26 minutes to set up a quarter-final matchup with Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.

In the first set, there were six service breaks with Nara dropping here first two service games before claiming here opponent's serve four times to take the opener 6-2.

Two further breaks of serve in the second and eighth games were all that was needed for Nara to claim the set and match 6-2.

In some other second round matches, sixth seed Zhang Shuai of China cruised past Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2    while Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland needed three sets to get past Pole Magda Linette 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 in a match lasting two hours and 34 minutes.

American Alison Riske thumped Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3, 6-1 and seventh seed Christina McHale of the US beat Swede Rebecca Peterson 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).