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Rome PHOTOS: Thursday’s third-round action, former champs Svitolina & Pliskova advance

Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia was all about the third-round action, with eight matches that set up the quarterfinal field.

Cori Gauff of the United States

Coco Gauff ended a seven-match winning streak of freshly-crowned Mutua Madrid Open champion Aryna Sabalenka with a 7-5 6-3 victory that is her third over a Top 10 player, the previous two being over Naomi Osaka and Kiki Bertens.

Following an upset of Naomi Osaka, Jessica Pegula converted all the seven break points she earned to dispatch Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-4 and reach her first career quarterfinal on clay.