Summary: Felix Auger-Aliassime secures consecutive victories for the first time since March by defeating Sebastian Ofner in the Japan Open. Marie Bouzkova progresses to the quarterfinals in the Jiangxi Open after a win against Amina Anshba.
Felix Auger-Aliassime showcased his prowess in the Japan Open as he triumphed over Sebastian Ofner with a 6-4, 6-1 victory, marking his first back-to-back win since March. The Canadian player fought hard in a closely contested first set and then dominated the second set by winning the final six games. Auger-Aliassime expressed satisfaction with his performance, stating the importance of believing in himself and his game. He looks forward to his quarterfinal match against American qualifier Marcus Giron, who surprised eighth-ranked Casper Ruud with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
Meanwhile, Hubert Hurkacz, the reigning champion of the Shanghai Masters, suffered an early exit from the tournament, losing to Zhang Zhizhen in a three-set battle (3-6, 6-4, 7-6). Zhang displayed an impressive performance, firing 10 aces and breaking Hurkacz’s serve three times to avenge his previous defeat to the Polish player.
In the Jiangxi Open, Marie Bouzkova, the third seed, secured a spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Amina Anshba with a 7-5, 6-0 win. Nao Hibino continued her impressive form by overcoming Kimberly Birrell with a 6-3, 7-5 victory, following her first-round win against top-seed Beatriz Haddad-Maia. Hibino is set to face Diana Shnaider in the quarterfinals, as Shnaider advanced to the next round after Vera Zvonareva retired due to illness. The eighth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo is scheduled to play Camila Osorio in the later match.
Tags: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Sebastian Ofner, Japan Open, Marie Bouzkova, Jiangxi Open, Hubert Hurkacz, Zhang Zhizhen, Nao Hibino, tournament