Daria Gavrilova’s good run late in the tennis season has continued while a wrist injury killed off Carla Suarez Navarro’s hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals in their second round clash at the Kremlin Cup.
Needing to win the Kremlin Cup to qualify for the elite, year-end competition in Singapore, Suarez Navarro was down 6-4 3-0 to Garilova in the second round when she retired.
Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow, will play either seventh-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia or Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals.
She had a strong first up win against Lucie Safarova.
The fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine eased past Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2 and into the quarterfinals. Svitolina next plays 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, who had a second-round walkover when Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova was unable to play.