Fourth seed JarmilaGajdosova of Australia advanced to the quarterfinals of The BMW Malaysian Open 2015 when she defeated Thailand’s World No 128 LuksikaKumKhum in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 on Centre Court at The Royal Selangor Golf Club.
Gajdosova, took 1 hour and 35 minutes to dispatch her resilient Thai opponent. “It was a good match today, but KumKhum really made it tough for me. I have played her before in Hong Kong, so I knew what a good player she is. In the first set, I struggled a bit as I found it hard to read her game. But I did not let her hit the ball as much as she wanted, and I managed to outplay her by making her run up and down the court. I played well today and despite the tough fight KumKhum put up, I persevered and won the match,” said a pleased Gajdosova.
Gajdosova continued by saying, “This is my fourth time coming back to the BMW Malaysian Open and I love it here. Despite the hot and humid weather, I have done well here in my previous outings as the heat does not affect me, in fact I think I play better under such weather conditions. This is a very nice tournament and it’s more like a home tournament for me. With the results I have achieved so far in this tournament, I think I can improve on my world ranking and break into the top 50. This has been a good start to the year for me so far.”
On Court 2, World No 110 YuliaPutintseva of Kazakhstan took on World No 171 ElizavetaKulichkova of Russia. Prior to this match, Kulichkova caused an upset when she beat the tournament’s seventh seed and World No 63 BojanaJovanovski in straight sets. This match was no different as Kulichkova continued with her giant-killing ways by disposing of higher ranked Putintseva in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
After the match, Kulichkova commented, “I have played Putintseva before last June in Italy on clay, which is her preferred playing surface and I lost to her back then. This time round however, we were playing on hard court which suits me better, so I was able to play one of my best games today to subdue Putintseva and score important points.
She continued by saying, “The weather did not help, it has been hot all this while. During the first set things were fine. But when it came to the second set I began to tire, so I went to the rest room and I managed to compose myself for the remainder of the match as it was very tough towards the end of the match. This is my first time making it to the quarterfinals, and apart from being happy, I am confident I can go all the way in this tournament as I am playing some of my best tennis now.”
The tennis action continues to heat up on the hard courts of The Royal Selangor Golf Club as both singles and doubles players continue in their respective quests for the coveted titles tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the tennis action happening right here at the BMW Malaysian Open 2015.
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