The quarter final draw is now decided for St Petersburg. Sharapova was unable to play her last 16 match giving Kasatkina a walkover. Kasatkina will now play Zvonereva in tomorrows quarter final.
Defending champion and recent Australian Open finalist, Petra Kvitova, seems to be suffering no hangover and prepares to play Donna Vekic in the last 8. Vekic was solid against Kudermentova in the last 16 round but will face a much stiffer test against the new World Number 2.
Aryna Sabalenka, the World Number 10, will meet the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the quarters. After a commanding display in her opening match against Alison Van Uytvanck, expect her to take control of her match early to quieten the home crowd.
It was a good day for trading and betting:
Betting: +4.5 from 2 bets
Trading: +3.4 from 1 bet
Goldmine: +1 from 1 bet.
Total: 8.9 points.