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Errani defeats Czink to make quarters

AP, BUDAPEST

Top seed Sara Errani of Italy reached the Budapest Grand Prix quarter-finals for a second straight year after overcoming Hungarian qualifier Melinda Czink 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 on Wednesday.

The second-round win set her up against compatriot Alberta Brianti, who defeated Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a three-hour encounter.

Elena Vesnina of Russia ousted second-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-3.

“I tried to be creative and served a good percentage in,” Vesnina said.

Fourth seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic also lost 6-3, 6-3 to compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who will take on Marina Erakovic of New Zealand for a place in the semi-finals.

Sixth-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia beat Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-1 and she meets Vesnina next, while the other quarter-final features Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada against Anna Tatishvili of Georgia.

SERBIA OPEN

AP, BELGRADE

Seeded players Andreas Seppi, David Nalbandian and Gilles Muller won in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals of the Serbia Open on Wednesday.

Second seed Seppi defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-4, No. 4 Nalbandian beat qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-3 and No. 8 Muller downed Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 7-6 (7/0).

Joao Souza of Brazil also advanced after wild-card Dusan Lajovic retired because of an ankle injury.

BMW OPEN

AP, MUNICH, GERMANY

German veteran Tommy Haas beat top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the BMW Open.

Tsonga was making his debut in the clay-court event and had a bye into the second round, but he has never won a title on clay and was outclassed by the 134th-ranked German, who was once world No. 2. Tsonga is world No. 5, but never had a break point against Haas.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia cruised past Germany’s Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last eight.

Sixth seed Milkhail Youzhny of Russia, the 2010 Munich champion, downed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4.

Eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus rallied to beat German qualifier Dustin Brown 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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