Eight Left in Linz

Lucie Safarova and the Top 3 seeds won Thursday as the round of 16 came to a close.

Published October 15, 2009 12:00

Eight Left in Linz
Lucie Safarova

LINZ, Austria - The favorites were tested but moved on at the Generali Ladies Linz on Thursday, with the Top 3 seeds all battling through to the quarterfinals of the International-level Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournament.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska was the first of the top trio to advance but it took her more than two hours, holding off another tenacious young player, Alizé Cornet, 64 75. After building a 64 53 lead, Radwanska let Cornet sneak two games in to prolong the duel before closing it out in second set overtime.

"Alizé and I grew up playing against each other so I know her game well. I didn't expect an easy match - I'm just happy I could win in straight sets," Radwanska said. "She was Top 20, playing unbelievably, but then she lost some matches earlier this season and lost her confidence. But she has been playing well again in the last few months and I think she'll be back up there soon."

Third seed Yanina Wickmayer survived a scare in her match with Alexandra Dulgheru, dropping the first set quickly to the Romanian, who had taken out Austrian No.1 Sybille Bammer the day before. But Wickmayer stormed back to take the second and third sets for a 26 63 61 come-from-behind victory.

"It was not a good first set for me. I didn't serve well, I didn't return well... and she was playing really well," Wickmayer said. "In the second set I just hung in there and keep the rallies going, and try to put my game back into place. I won a really tough game and after that I started playing a lot better. The third set was really good for me. I'm really happy I won this match today."

Check out the photo gallery and Yanina Wickmayer's blog from Linz.

Top seed Flavia Pennetta completed the trifecta with a 63 46 62 win over Anna-Lena Groenfeld in the last match of the day.

Other victors were No.7 seed Lucie Safarova, who beat Urszula Radwanska, 64 64; and Ioana Raluca Olaru, who beat qualifier Julia Goerges, 36 62 75.

No.4 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.8 seed Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova won Wednesday. Friday's quarters will see Pennetta play Olaru, Radwanska play Safarova, Wickmayer play Errani and Suárez Navarro play Kvitova.

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