Day five of the Bank of the West Classic saw all four quarterfinal singles matches being played, with just one lone doubles match deciding who will be the last duo heading to the semifinals.
With top seed Caroline Wozniacki having been bounced from the competition on Thursday, Agnieszka Radwanska had the pressure of being the highest remaining seed as she looked to punch her ticket to the semifinals. She didn't have an easy challenge waiting for her, with Angelique Kerber, the tournament's finalist last season, waiting for her.
Here's a look at Friday's full results and some of the day's most notable matches along with Saturday's upcoming schedule.
|Bank of the West Classic 2015: Friday Singles Results|
|Varvara Lepchenko||Mona Barthel||6-7, 6-2, 6-3|
|Karolina Pliskova||Ajla Tomljanovic||6-2, 6-4|
|Elina Svitolina||Alison Riske||4-6, 7-5, 6-1|
|Angelique Kerber||Agnieszka Radwanska||4-6, 6-4, 6-4|
|Bank of the West Classic 2015: Friday Doubles Results|
|Anabel Medina/Arantxa Parra-Santonja||Chin-Wei Chan/Darija Jurak||6-3, 7-5|
|Bank of the West Classic 2015: Saturday's Schedule|
|Varvara Lepchenko||Karolina Pliskova||3 p.m.|
|Kateryna Bondarenko/Tatjana Marina||Yi-Fan Xu/Saisai Zheng||Following|
|Elina Svitolina||Angelique Kerber||Not before 7 p.m.|
|Gabriela Dabrowski/Alicja Rosolska||Following|
Varvara Lepchenko, who defeated Wozniacki in the second round, moved on to the semifinals on Friday night after defeating Mona Barthel in three sets, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Lepchenko was masterful on break-point opportunities, winning seven of 11 during her return play and 10 of 14 while serving.
It seems her recent training has been putting her over the top, as WTA Insider points out:
She is on to face Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Despite facing match point in the second set, Elina Svitolina was able to claw her way back and ultimately defeat Alison Riske, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Per WTATennis.com, Svitolina said:
She was playing well. She wasn't making many unforced errors. I was trying to push myself to stick to the baseline. That was the most important part for me to turn the match around. Once I started playing more on the baseline and not getting pushed behind it, it worked better for me.
By virtue of her win over Riske, Svitolina will square off against Kerber, who took down the tournament's No. 2-ranked Radwanska to clinch a berth in the semifinals.
While Kerber dropped the first set, 6-4, she responded in epic fashion to down Radwanska in a three-set thriller thanks to her 6-4, 6-4 finish.
The WTA passed along video of a tremendous back-and-forth between the two that epitomized how competitive the third set was:
Kerber asserted her dominance on first serves throughout. She won 67 percent of her points on first serves, which was 9 percent better than Radwanska.
Despite the loss, Radwanska gleaned some positives from Friday night's loss, according to WTA Insider:
Although the highest-remaining seed was knocked out of contention Friday night, Kerber, Pliskova and Svitolina are all proven commodities who should put up valiant fights when the semifinals get underway.
Then there's Lepchenko, whose improbable run took another impressive step forward Friday. Despite entering the Bank of the West Classic ranked 60th in the world, the 29-year-old has made waves with her solid composure and resiliency.
Now that she's playing with house money after upsetting Wozniacki in the second round, Lepchenko can come out firing in hopes of keeping her improbable run alive.