World 292 Gasanova stuns ex-number one Pliskova in Abu Dhabi

Russian qualifier and world quantity 292 Anastasia Gasanova despatched former top-ranked Karolina Pliskova crashing out of the season-opening Abu Dhabi WTA occasion on Saturday in a straight units triumph.

The 21-year-old Gasanova received 6-2, 6-Four to achieve the spherical of 16 and document her first ever victory over a participant within the prime 100.

Gasanova, making her primary draw debut, wanted simply 73 minutes to see off the third seed.

“I am actually stunned, however after I awakened right this moment, I believed, ‘Why not? Why cannot I win this match?’,” mentioned Gasanova.

“Truly, I had thought I might lose in qualies or one thing like that, however I simply stored pushing myself, like, I must win and I need to win.”

Gasanova goes on to face Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo for a spot within the quarter-finals.

Ukrainian second seed Elina Svitolina eased previous Russian veteran and two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-1.

Greece’s Maria Sakkari, seeded 9, defeated US teenager Coco Gauff 7-5, 6-2.

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