An intriguing first-time encounter takes place on Friday afternoon, as Italian No. 1 Sara Errani and 17-year-old Swiss talent Belinda Bencic will meet in the quarter-final round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.
Third seed Sara Errani edged Shuai Peng 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in their entertaining third round contest. The Italian No. 1 needed to fight hard for the victory, as she faced set points in both sets, yet ultimatley was able to secure her service games and was the better competitor in the tiebreakers. Next for the world No. 11 is a first-time match-up against the 17-year-old Swiss youngster.
“It was an unbelievable match,” Errani said. “All the games were very close, and she had set point in the first and second sets. She was playing very well; I think I was too. It was a very good match.”
The world No. 1 Belinda Bencic is taking part in a fantastic week in Charleston, as she defeated world No. 35 Elina Vitolina to reach her first WTA Premier level quarter-final. Prior to this achievement, her best performance was a second round showing at the Australian Open. The only other tournament she managed to qualify for was Indian Wells, where she lost in the first round.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the odds heavily favouring the top ranked Italian. Bencic is coming off a significant victory over No. 1 teenager Svitolina and will be looking to carry that momentum forth into her first Premier level quarter-final of the season.
Prediction: Sara Errani in Three Sets