Linz - Seeded players Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies on Wednesday.
No. 4 Suarez Navarro defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last eight for the first time since her 6-0, 6-0 defeat by Serena Williams at the U.S. Open five weeks ago.
In her seventh quarter-final of the season, Suarez Navarro will play No. 5 Flipkens, who routed Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-1.
In first-round play, Karin Knapp of Italy overcame six double faults to defeat 2007 champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Alexandra Cadantu of Romania beat Melanie Klaffner of Austria 7-6 (4), 6-2 and will next play either top-seeded Angelique Kerber or fellow Romanian Monica Niculescu.
Results from the third day of the WTA tournament in Linz on Wednesday (x denotes seeding:
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x5) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-2, 6-1
Carla Suarez (ESP x4) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-1, 6-4
Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x8) 6-2, 7-6 (8/6)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) bt Melanie Klaffner (AUT) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2