American stunned by fast-serving Spaniard in three set tussle
Christina McHale, the half Cuban American 29-year-old, was another seed to tumble at the Nottingham Open, outwitted by the speedy serves of Barcelona ace Georgina García Pérez.
McHale edged the opening set courtesy of a tight tiebreak, and the no.18 seed was neck-and-neck in the second set until the Spaniard piled on the pressure to be rewarded by requiring a third set.
It was a game of cat-and-mouse in the final set, but 6’ 2” Garcia Perez held her nerve to record a shock result especially taking into account that she has never even won a singles match at the qualifying round for Wimbledon at Roehampton.
The 29-year-old’s reward is a showdown in the last 16 with Czech Republic’s Tereza Martincova, who easily accounted for Florida-based American Caroline Dolehide 6-2 6-3.
Zarina Diyas, who has twice progressed to the 4th Round at Wimbledon, defeated Australian Lizette Cabrera 4-6 6-3 6-4 to book a last 16 clash with either world no46 Shuai Zheng of China or Australian veteran Arina Rodionova.