Day 4 at the WTA’s stop in Nicholasville is winding down after another day of entertaining tennis. The No. 2 seed in the tournament went down to the youngest player in the top 100, half of the quarterfinalists were decided, and we are one sleep away from Serena vs. Venus for the 31st time.
Here’s a rundown of the day’s action from the Top Seed Open at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Brannon Crossing:
— We have a quarterfinalist! Two of them! No. 8 seed Ons Jabeur and Marie Bouzkova are each in the quarters after Jabeur knocked out Olga Govortsova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, and Bouzkova ended Anna Blinkova’s fun, 6-4, 6-2. But wait, there’s more!
— 16-year-old American Coco Gauff pulled off the upset of Aryna Sabalenka, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, to advance to the quarterfinals. Gauff won by breaking Sabalenka’s serve and a 4-4 tie in the third set. She’d hold serve to take the match, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Gauff will get Jabeur on Friday.
— wta (@WTA) August 12, 2020
One more singles match is being played now; four other quarterfinalists will be decided tomorrow.
— In an effort to limit contact, players are getting their own towels unlike in regular tournaments where some young volunteer runs the towel out to the player. It’s a small change, but a noticeable change to fans who watch a lot of tennis.
— One other COVID-related note: the tournament’s hand sanitizer smells like tequila, according to one of the players:
Tough start to the day when the hand sanitizer smells like tequila.
— Shelby Rogers (@Shelby_Rogers_) August 12, 2020
— After they were both bounced from the singles draw in yesterday’s first round action, Sloane Stephens and Bethanie Mattek-Sands teamed up in doubles to beat Emina Bektas (USA) and Tara Moore (GB). That’s cool.
— Tomorrow’s draw, featuring the Williams sisters in the afternoon, looks like this:
Remember, the tournament can be seen all day on Tennis Channel.