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Pink Open has almost as many qualifiers left as seeded players

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There are almost as many qualifiers left after the second round of the Sumter Pink Open as there are seeded players in the singles main draw.

Just three seeds remain among the eight players who will play in the quarterfinal matches, while two qualifiers - both of whom had to win three matches to even reach the main draw - will be joining the seeds in the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event at Palmetto Tennis Center.

American qualifier Jessica Pegula advanced to the quarterfinals by taking down No. 8 seed Maria Sanchez 6-3, 6-3.

No. 1 seed Taylor Townsend cruised past Sarah-Rebecca Sekulic 6-3, 6-3, while No. 4 seed Victoria Rodriguez took care of qualifier Victoria Flores 6-4, 6-1 and No. 7 seed Ulrikke Eikeri swept Julia Elbaba 6-2, 6-2.

Qualifier Anna Tatishvili made her way into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Francesca Di Lorenzo; Jovana Jaksic was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Mccartney Kessler; Marta Paigina rallied past Laura Pigossi 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; and Montserrat Gonzalez defeated qualifier Marcela Zacarias 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

In today's quarterfinal matches, which begin at 10 a.m., Townsend will take Pegula, Rodriguez will meet Eikeri, Gonzalez will go up against Paigina and Jaksic will meet Tatishvilli.

In the doubles main draw quarterfinal matches, the No. 1 seeded team of Alexandra Mueller and Caitlin Whoriskey defeated Ingrid Gamarra Martins and Pigossi 6-4, 7-6(1); the British duo of Daneika Borthwick and Tara Moore topped the third-seed team of Chanel Simmonds and Rodriguez 6-3, 2-6, 10-5; Americans Rasheeda McAdoo and Jada Robinson moved into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sofia Sewing and Kennedy Shaffer; while Pegula and Townsend downed Kerrie Cartwright and Karian Pierre-Louis 6-3, 6-1.

In the doubles semis today, Mueller and Whoriskey will take on Borthwick and Moore, while McAdoo and Robinson will face Pegula and Townsend.