Strasbourg favourites advance

2012-05-23 21:56

Strasbourg - Three-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues and second-seeded Francesca Schiavone both reached the quarter-finals of the Strasbourg International on Wednesday with contrasting wins.

The fourth-seeded Spaniard laboured to a 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/2) win against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei, while Schiavone swept aside Croatia's Mirjana Lucic 6-1, 6-2.

Medina Garrigues will meet Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the last eight after she rallied past Israel's Shahar Peer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Schiavone takes on Sweden's Johanna Larsson, who upset No 8 Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 6-0.

Also, Alexandra Panova of Russia beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, Ayumi Morita of Japan downed Virginie Razzano of France 6-1, 6-3, and American Sloane Stephens topped Hungary's Timea Babos 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Results from the third day of the WTA tournament on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Second round:

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Stephanie Foretz (FRA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Alexandra Panova (RUS) bt Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP x4) bt Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/2)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-1, 6-3
Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Tamira Paszek (AUT x8) 6-2, 6-0
Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Shahar Peer (ISR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Francesca Schiavone (ITA x2) bt Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 6-1, 6-2