World number 62 Magda Linette eliminated the last of the top four seeds at the Citi Open after the Pole stunned Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
In a rain-affected encounter in Washington, Linette prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals, as she continued her good form from last week’s semi-final appearance at the Jiangxi International Women’s Tennis Open.
Linette was a break down in the final set, but won the last four games of the match – including the final 13 points in succession – to set up a quarter-final encounter against seventh seed Donna Vekic.
.@MagdaLinette defeats No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3!
— WTA (@WTA) August 3, 2018
“I’m very happy, because it was really tough,” Linette said.
“I knew that at some point she [will] come back, and I just wanted to keep playing aggressive. And even though I missed some in the second set, I just tried to stay aggressive, and somehow I came back.”
Vekic was also involved in a three-set thriller after prevailing in the decisive tie-break against Fanny Stollar to go through 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
Elsewhere, Japan’s Nao Hibino pulled out of her encounter against sixth seed Belinda Bencic because of an abdominal injury, while Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-2, 6-1.