Emiliana Arango becomes first Colombian in 19 years to reach quarterfinals of WTA 1000 tournament 

Rizu ShuklaRizu Shukla
September 22 2023
Emiliana Arango Guadalajara Open
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The 22-year-old has now defeated three top-100 ranked players in a row.

Emiliana Arango has become the first Colombian in 19 years to advance to a WTA 1000 quarter-final and the first women’s singles player to do it on debut in WTA 1000 competitions since Elena Rybakina at Wuhan in 2019. The Colombian defeated American Taylor Townsend in three sets (7-5, 1-6, 6-4) in Guadalajara Open to enter her maiden quarterfinals in a WTA 1000 event.

Her victory over Townsend makes Emiliana the first Colombian woman since Fabiola Zuluaga at Berlin 2004 to reach the quarter-final stage at a WTA 1000 tournament.

Despite being 2-5 down in the first set, Emiliana pulled off an incredible comeback by winning five straight games to win the set. In response, Townsend quickly and decisively won the second set, losing just one game. Townsend started things off first in the third set as well, gaining a 4-2 advantage thanks to a serve break. However, it wasn’t enough for the American as Emiliana won the following four games in a row to take the set and with it the round of 16 match.

Emiliana Arango, 22, made her debut in a WTA 1000 main draw as one of the newest direct entries in the Guadalajara Open. By defeating No. 11 seed Anastasia Potapova, the Colombian went on to pull off the biggest upset of the opening round and earn her maiden top 30 victory.

She then beat Sloane Stephens in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) in the second round and then Taylor Townsend to become the first Colombian woman to reach the quarter-final stage at a WTA 1000 tournament since Fabiola Zuluaga in Berlin in 2004.

Arango will next face a much-experienced player in Maria Sakkari for a place in the semifinals of the tournament. The Greek star defeated Camila Giorgi in the Round of 16 with a score of 6-2, 6-2 that took her just an hour to end the match in her favour. 

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