Lauren Davis took a surprisingly easy victory against Wickmayer, Melanie Oudin also reached the 2012 Bell Challenge quarterfinal after home crowd favorite Wozniak retired.
US teenager Davis needed a bit more than one hour to dismiss second-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer and to achieve her first ever WTA quarterfinal. She got hold of the break early in the first set, successfully defended a break point against her at 3-0, and got off to a two-break cushion soon after that. She served out the set with no trouble at all. The second set was tied until 1-1 with one break a piece between the players. From then on, the set was all about the American prospect who demolished her higher ranked opponent by taking three more of her serves, including the last one in which she converted her first match point for an outstanding 6-1, 6-1 triumph.
“I just went out there the same way I go out every match – intense and focused, no matter who the player is,” Davis explained after the encounter. She will meet eight-seeded Lucie Hradecka next. The Czech ousted Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in a tight clash which was ultimately decided in the third-set tiebreaker: 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (4)
Another unseeded American Oudin progressed into the quarterfinal after her fourth-seeded opponent Aleksandra Wozniak forfeited the match. She has picked a shoulder injury during the warm-up session. Oudin will face French Kristina Mladenovic in the QFs. The latter dealt with German Annika Beck in three sets: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.