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WTA roundup: Nuria Parrizas Diaz earns straight-set win in Quebec

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Aug 8, 2022; Toronto, ON, Canada;   Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) plays a shot against Serena Williams (USA)  in first round play in the National Bank Open at Sobeys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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Fifth seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain saved 13 of 15 break points in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Harriet Dart of Great Britain on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby in Granby, Quebec.

Parrizas Diaz also converted 5 of 11 break points to cruise to victory. She peaked late in the first set, winning four straight games after Dart had tied things 2-2. Neither player tallied an ace in the match.

One more match is scheduled for the evening, where No. 1 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia is set to take on Poland’s Magdalena Frech.

Kasatkina narrowly escaped Monday’s meeting with Belgian Greet Minnen, defeating her 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2.

Tennis in the Land

Belarusian seventh seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich battled back from a first-set loss to edge Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a Round of 16 match in Cleveland.

Sasnovich recorded the only three aces in the match and converted 7 of 9 break points to avoid the upset. Sorribes Tormo held advantages in points won on the second serve (52.6 percent to 37.5 percent) and second return points won (62.5 percent to 47.4 percent).

Also in the Round of 16, American Sofia Kenin swept No. 5 seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 6-2, and French eighth seed Alize Cornet prevailed against Denmark’s Clara Tauson 6-3, 7-6 (1). Russian Liudmila Samsonova also won her first-round match.

Sorana Cirstea of Romania is slated to face Magda Linette of Poland in Tuesday’s nightcap.

–Field Level Media