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Citi Open Louisa Chirico ousts Alize Cornet in three-hour thriller

American teenager Louisa Chirico showed her maiden WTA Tour main-draw win was no fluke, defeating former world number 11 Alize Cornet.

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Louisa Chirico continued her dream week at the Citi Open, the American wildcard upsetting world number 28 Alize Cornet on Wednesday.

Chirico, who brought up her maiden WTA Tour main-draw win two days earlier, earned a thrilling victory over fifth seed Cornet 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-4) in just over three hours.

The 19-year-old thrice coughed up a one-break lead in the deciding set, but took control of the tie-break by winning both points on Cornet's serve when the score was 4-3 in the American's favour.

Chirico's breakout tournament at the WTA International hard-court event will see her next take on either Sloane Stephens or fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Sam Stosur was not distracted by her first-round feat, accounting for Irina Falconi 6-1 7-5.

Stosur had brought up win number 500 of her professional career in her Washington opener, and managed to get through in straight sets despite Falconi serving for a decider at 5-3 in the second set.

Irina-Camelia Begu, the sixth seed, struggled past Polona Hercog 3-6 7-5 6-4.

Monica Niculescu ended the hopes of Lauren Davis, who joined fellow American Falconi in an early exit after a 1-6 6-1 6-4 defeat.

Niculescu will face Stosur for a spot in the semi-finals.

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