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Caroline Garcia battles past Sasnovich in Connecticut

Johanna Konta added to a string of retirements at the Connecticut Open, where Caroline Garcia reached the last eight.

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Caroline Garcia battles past Sasnovich in Connecticut
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Caroline Garcia came from a set down to beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Connecticut Open on Tuesday, as Johanna Konta followed Simona Halep and Kiki Bertens in withdrawing from the event. Garcia, seeded second, recovered to see off the Bulgarian 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-4 in the WTA Premier event in New Haven.

Caroline Garcia
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Caroline GarciaMaddie MeyerAFP

Konta withdraws

Earlier, Konta pulled out of the tournament due to a viral illness, affording Carla Suárez a walkover route into the quarter-finals. Halep and Bertens, the finalists at last week's Cincinnati Masters, had already announced their intention not to feature on the outdoor hard courts in Yale.

The Romanian world number one, surprisingly beaten by Bertens in the Cincinnati decider, cited a right Achilles problem that could leave her in doubt for the US Open as the reason for her withdrawal, while Bertens, like Konta, is suffering from a virus. 

Belinda Bencic
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Belinda BencicMaddie MeyerAFP

Bencic, Kontaveit and Görges go through

Belinda Bencic, the lucky loser who benefitted from Halep's absence, defeated Camilla Giorgi in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit ousted Bertens' replacement Pauline Parmentier 3-6 6-2 6-2. In the final match of the day, Julia Görges was made to work hard by Dayana Yastremska, the fifth seed ultimately prevailing 6-3 3-6 6-4.

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