Date: Apr 22, 2016
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei crashed out of the second round of the Istanbul Cup on Wednesday, beaten by the tournament’s surprise package, Maria Sakkari.
The Greek qualifier ranked 127th in the world, who ousted top seed Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round, also proved too strong for world No. 81 Hsieh as she completed a 6-3, 6-4 victory in 1 hour, 20 minutes.
The 20-year-old from Athens saved one of three break points and converted four of 12, winning 67 of the 119 points contested to advance to a quarter-final against fifth seed Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, who defeated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5, 7-6 (7/4).
Also advancing to the quarters was world No. 113 Andreea Mitu, who stunned second seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour, 35 minutes on Center Court at Garanti Koza Arena. [FULL STORY]