Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, returns the ball to Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, during the Citi Open tennis tournament, Thursday, August 6, 2015, in Washington. Pavlyuchenkova won 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Luis M. Alvarez
August 06, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia eliminated third-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Citi Open quarterfinals.

The 40th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova, the runner-up at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open in 2012, will face Christina McHale of the United States for a semifinal berth.

McHale, who is No. 62 in the WTA rankings, advanced by edging Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

Among those in men's action later Thursday: reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and last year's runner-up in New York, Kei Nishikori.

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