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Belgium's Tinne Gilis

Texas Open: Gilis Upsets Seedings to Reach Quarters

Belgium’s World No.43 Tinne Gilis overcame number six seed Netherlands’ Milou van der Heijden to advance to the quarter-finals of the J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open in Dallas, United States.

21-year-old Gilis went 2-0 up and was then forced to hold off a comeback from the Dutch player as she pushed proceedings to a tight fifth, which Gilis was then able to close out by an 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-13, 11-8 scoreline in 65 minutes.

She will now face England’s World No.14 Victoria Lust for a place in the last four after the 29-year-old defeated Finland’s Emilia Soini 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 in 22 minutes.

The other quarter-final match from the top-half of the draw will see England’s top seed Sarah-Jane Perry take on former World No.1 and former World Champion Rachael Grinham.

Perry took just 19 minutes to despatch Welshwoman Ali Loke by an 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 margin. Meanwhile, Grinham was pushed all the way to five-games to secure her place in the last eight after coming from a game down to defeat Egypt’s Menna Nasser, 6-11, 11-3, 14-12, 8-11, 11-4 in 51 minutes.

The remainder of the round two matches will take place this evening when number two seed and defending champion Amanda Sobhy is in action against Czech Republic’s Anna Serme. Wales’ World No.10 Tesni Evans will take on USA’s Olivia Fiechter, Canada’s Hollie Naughton will face Egypt’s Nada Abbas and Egypt’s Nadine Shahin comes up against home hope Haley Mendez.

You can follow the live scores from the tournament here.

Results: Round Two (Top half)
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Ali Loke (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
[7] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Menna Nasser (EGY) 6-11, 11-3, 14-12, 8-11, 11-4 (51m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt [6] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-2: 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 11-13, 11-8 (65m)
[4] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 (22m)

Draw: Round Two (Bottom half) – To be played March 28
[3] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [8] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[5] Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Anna Serme (CZE) v [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

Draw: Quarter-finals (Top half)
[1] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [4] Victoria Lust (ENG)

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