Petra Kvitova eased past Austria’s Patricia Mayr-Archleitner 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday at the Generali Ladies to reach her second quarter-final since since she won at Wimbledon.
The top-seeded Czech player, ranked a career-high fourth, had a shaky start as she dropped serve to love early in the opening set, but she soon took control of the match.
Kvitova, who reached the semi-finals in Tokyo last month, will play former champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in the quarter-finals.
The eighth-seeded Hantuchova rallied to beat Ksenia Pervak of Russia 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Hantuchova was two breaks down in the second set, before winning six straight games. She closed out the win on her second match point.
In other second-round play, Jelena Jankovic rallied to defeat Britain’s Anne Keothavong 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.
The former world No. 1 won just one service game in the opening set, but dominated the match afterward.
The third-seeded Jankovic will take on Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina for a place in the semi-finals.
No. 7 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia threw away a 5-1 lead in the first set, before beating Italy’s Sara Errani 6-7 (1/7), 6-3, 6-1.
Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic downed Italy’s Alberta Brianti 6-4, 6-2 without facing a break point.
In her sixth quarter-final of the season, Safarova will take on Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
AFP, OSAKA, JAPAN
The quarter-final matches of the Japan Women’s Open were postponed until today because of steady rain, organizers said yesterday.
Defending champion Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand is scheduled to play third seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, while US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia is set to take on Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa.
Former champion Marion Bartoli of France meets Japan’s Ayumi Morita, while Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic is scheduled to play China’s Zheng Jie.
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