Mertens, who was free in the first round as a top seed, defeated the French Kristina Mladenovic (WTA 60) in the second round in three sets: 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4 after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

For a place in the semi-finals, our compatriot will compete in the last eight against Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (WTA 35). She beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (WTA 50) in the second round 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

For Mertens, it is the first tournament in San Jose since her early elimination last week at the Tokyo Olympics.

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