Sevastova slides through Barty clash in Charlesto

 No.8 seed Anastasija Sevastova booked her place in the Volvo Car Open quarterfinals for a second straight year, easing past No.9 seed Ashleigh Barty, 6-3, 6-4.
More comfortable on faster surfaces, Barty reached her first clay court quarterfinal last spring at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, and showed signs of promise through two wins over Sofia Kenin and Tatjana Maria. 
"Ashleigh's a great player and I have so much respect for her," the Latvian said during the on-court interview. "I love how she plays, so it was tough. The first set was up and down, but it was very important to take it. The second set was also pretty close with no breaks until the last game, where I got a bit lucky. But I was fighting to the end."
Sevastova showed off her wide array of angles and variety throughout the 63 minute match, striking 12 winners to 15 unforced errors while converting five of seven break point opportunities.
Just shy of her career-high ranking of World No.15, the 27-year-old started the year strong with a run to the Brisbane International semifinals, but feels most at home on clay, on which she reached the last eight at this event last year before enjoying one of her best career results at last year's Mutua Madrid Open.
"I love this place. I love South Carolina and Charleston. It's nice to start the clay court season here. I've been eating Low Country food, which has been great, like fried chicken and bicuits. They're unhealthy, but tasty, for sure!"
Standing between Sevastova and a first semifinal in Charleston will be either two-time finalist Elena Vesnina or Kristyna Pliskova, who stunned No.2 seed Petra Kvitova in three sets on Wednesday.