Stosur, Hives ousted from WTA events
Sam Stosur makes a second-round exit in Nanchang while Zoe Hives pushes Misaki Doi to three sets before her winning streak comes to an end in Hiroshima.
Zoe Hives’ three-match winning streak ended in Hiroshima on Thursday when the Victorian went down in three sets to Misaka Doi.
In Nanchang, Sam Stosur fell to in-form Serb Nina Stojanovic in the second round.
Hives won two matches to qualify for the main draw in Hiroshima before upsetting fourth seed Anastasia Potapova in three sets in the first round.
She recovered from a one-sided to first set to extend the match to a decider, before losing 6-1 1-6 6-3.
Hives is projected to crack the world’s top 150 next week as a result of her efforts.
Stosur came up against a player riding a six-match winning streak; Stojanovic arrived in Nanchang having won the 60K Changsha ITF tournament in China the previous week.
Stojanovic extended her winning streak to seven with a 6-4 6-3 win over Stosur, achieved in one hour and 26 minutes.
Ajla Tomljanovic, meanwhile, was scheduled to play third seed Kiki Bertens on Thursday before rain washed out the day’s play in Zhengzhou.
She and Bertens will now clash on Friday (at 1pm AEST) for a place in the quarterfinals.