Sanders makes Thailand Open's last 16

Australian qualifier Storm Sanders has beaten Norwegian Ulrikke Eikeri 6-3 6-4 to book her place in the last 16 of the Thailand Open.

STORM SANDERS of Australia plays a forehand in her match at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
STORM SANDERS of Australia plays a forehand in her match at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Mike Owen/Getty Images

Australia's Storm Sanders is through to the Thailand Open's round of 16 after beating Norway's Ulrikke Eikeri in straight sets.

The 25-year-old qualifier cruised through her Monday clash, after both her earlier matches stretched to three sets, beating Eikeri 6-3 6-4 at the beach resort of Hua Hin, south of Bangkok.

Sanders is particularly happy she didn't have to face another home hope in front of the Thai crowd after her match with Peangtarn Plipuech.

"It was a good match, tough conditions, but it was good to see a lot of people out there supporting both players," she told the WTA website.

"Having the two matches under my belt was really helpful but I was really happy to play just two sets today. It was also a bit cooler, playing a bit later today and I was really clear with my game."

Sanders will next face the winner of Wednesday's clash between world No.4 Elina Svitolina and Dutch ace Bibiane Schoofs.

Despite the tougher task, she's confident she has done enough preparation.

"I've played a lot of matches out here already and had a lot of court time so I'm feeling good and looking forward to a tough match next round," Sanders said.

Meanwhile, compatriot Arina Rodionova and fellow Australian qualifier Ellen Perez both bowed out after straight sets defeats in the first round.

Rondionova was beaten by Japanese world No.84 Nao Hibino 7-5 (7-5) 7-5, while Perez fell to China's Xiaodi You 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.