Edmund beats Goffin for QF spot Britain's Kyle Edmund followed up his surprise win over Novak Djokovic by beating Belgium's David Goffin yesterday to march into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open.
In the doubles pre-quarterfinals, India's Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France lost 4-6, 7-6 (4), [10-5] to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus.
Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov also beat fellow countryman Milos Raonic by the same scoreline.
The Russian will meet Czech Petra Kvitova who overcame Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.
"I don't know if anything she said in the past or I've said in the past ultimately matters", said Sharapova, the champion in Madrid in 2014.
The former world No. 1 broke the current No. 1 four times in the match on her way to victory in 1 hour, 9 minutes. That's the most important aspect to me, is getting to the next round, getting to the quarter-finals of this tournament. "I feel incredible since in the last six matches I lost to her".
"I think I played one of my best matches this year for sure, and for sure on clay in my life", the sixth-seeded Pliskova said.
Karolina had to work hard right from the opening round, ousting Elena Vesnina, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and now Simona Halep just to reach the semis, looking to win back-to-back titles on clay after conquering Stuttgart two weeks ago. Halep was the two-time defending champion and on a 15-match winning streak at the clay-court tournament.
Romanian Halep's error-count was surprisingly high, and she found herself under pressure early in the second set as Pliskova pounced to break in the third game.
She struck first in the second set, keeping Halep at bay and effectively stopping her from being able to dictate in any way on the court, before breaking for the match.
"I never really thought I can beat her", Pliskova said.
She also showed great fighting spirit in the decider after going 4-1 down, saving eight break points to hold her serve and then break again to make it 4-3.
The five-time Grand Slam champion had reached only the second quarter-final of the year but was unable to build on winning the opening set as the Dutch world No 20, a victor already on the clay in Charleston, held her nerve in the deciding set.
But Halep's bid for a third crown in a row was denied by Pliskova, who needed 69 minutes to avenge her twin sister Kristyna, who was knocked out by Halep in the previous round.
Meanwhile, Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia defeated Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of thetournament for the first time.