Linz finalist Jelena Ostapenko has reached back-to-back quarterfinals for the first time since making the last eight of Eastbourne and semifinals of Wimbledon last year, and is bidding to seal her first consecutive semifinal showings since Wuhan and Beijing in 2017. Opponent Antonia Lottner has now reached one WTA quarterfinal in each of the past three years following Gstaad 2017 and ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2018, and is seeking to reach her first semifinal at this level.
Defending champion and 2010 runner-up Julia Goerges takes on 2017 finalist Monica Puig for the seventh time today – but first time indoors. Puig won the first four matches of their rivalry between 2013 and 2016, including a two-hour, 58-minute 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-5 thriller in the second round of Roland Garros 2016 – but Goerges bounced back to win their two most recent meetings last year in the first rounds of Auckland and Wimbledon.
An all-Russian derby finds No.8 seed Anna Blinkova bidding for her second career semifinal one month after reaching her first in Guangzhou against Margarita Gasparyan. The compatriots have split two previous meetings, with Gasparyan winning 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Limoges 125K last year indoors and Blinkova gaining revenge in a 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 epic in the second round of this year’s Roland Garros. Gasparyan is bidding for her first semifinal since Istanbul in May.
No.3 seed Elena Rybakina defeated Laura Siegemund 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in their only previous meeting, in the second round of the Launceston ITF W60 event in January. The Kazakh would go on to win the title – the first of three ITF trophies that kickstarted her rise from World No.191 at the end of 2018 to her current career high of World No.43, a breakthrough that has also included a maiden WTA title in Bucharest and a second final in Nanchang.