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Cirstea, Rodina and Rodionova reach Linz quarter-finals

LADIES IN LINZ:Sorana Cirstea upset Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Evgeniya Rodina beat Julia Goerges, while Alberta Brianti beat Sabine Lisicki

AP, LINZ, Austria

Qualifiers Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Evgeniya Rodina of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia reached the quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies on Wednesday.

Cirstea rallied to upset fourth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, Rodina ousted No. 6 Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-4 and Rodionova advanced without playing after No. 9 Flavia Pennetta of Italy pulled out with a left thigh injury.

Rodina, who is ranked 104th, lost in qualification, but still entered the main draw after Germany’s Andrea Petkovic pulled out with a knee injury.

Rodina held serve throughout and dominated play against the 21st-ranked Goerges with strong ground strokes. The 15th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova had 11 double faults and lost eight straight games against Cirstea after winning the opening set. After trailing 2-0 in the decider, she broke back, but dropped serve two more times.

In her second quarter-final of the season, Cirstea will play either Lucie Safarova or Alberta Brianti, who beat fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in first-round play.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Lisicki blew a 5-2 lead on her way to dropping the first set. The German player rallied to even the match by taking the second set, but then failed to take advantage of an early break in the third set as she lost to the 74th-ranked Italian.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pennetta was a 7-6 (4), 6-2 winner against Elena Vesnina before withdrawing from her second-round match against Rodionova, who beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Patricia Mayr-Achleitner recovered from losing the opening set to beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. She next takes on top-seeded Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for a place in the quarter-finals.

Former champion Daniela Hantuchova missed a match point in the second set tiebreaker, but still held off Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-1. Martic had her right thigh taped after winning the second set and seemed to be hampered by the injury in the decider.

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