Suarez Navarro One of Two Seeds Left in Barcelona
Published April 16, 2009 12:00
Suárez Navarro topped lucky loser Emilie Loit, 62 75, on Thursday. The Spaniard is seeking her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of any kind, though she came close last week, dropping a three-setter to Jelena Jankovic in the final at Marbella, which was also on red clay.
Next up for Suárez Navarro is Tatjana Malek. The German qualifier advanced when Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, who got the tournament's string of upsets started with a defeat of No.1 seed Alizé Cornet in the first round, retired with a right thigh strain while trailing, 5-0. Malek raised her record against Cohen-Aloro, a semifinalist here last year, to 3-0, including a three set victory at Indian Wells in March.
On the seed-depleted bottom half of the draw, Lucie Safarova, who is going for her fifth Tour singles title, beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani, 63 63, and will next play Francesca Schiavone, who raised her record against Nicole Vaidisova to 3-1 with a 62 63 win. Safarova and Schiavone have split their two meetings, with the Italian winning the one on clay, at Rome last year.
In Friday's other quarterfinals, qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova will take on Roberta Vinci, who knocked out No.2 seed Flavia Pennetta on Wednesday, and Kirilenko will battle María José Martínez Sánchez in a rematch of last year's final, which the Russian won in straight sets.