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Martínez Sánchez Wins, Bad Gastein QFs Set

Eight players remain in the picturesque mountain setting of the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies.

Published July 14, 2011 12:00

Martínez Sánchez Wins, Bad Gastein QFs Set
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

BAD GASTEIN, Austria - The second round came to a close in Bad Gastein on Thursday, with four more players moving into the quarterfinals and filling up the final eight line-up. Among the winners was Austria's Yvonne Meusburger, who continued to make this her best tournament by a long way on the WTA.

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Meusburger, who has never been to the quarterfinals of any other event on the WTA, achieved the feat for the fifth time in five appearances in Bad Gastein on Thursday with a 62-minute, 62 61 win over Sybille Bammer. The 27-year-old Meusburger finished runner-up to Francesca Schiavone here in 2007, was a semifinalist in 2010 and a quarterfinalist twice, in 2008 and 2009.

"I really love this tournament. The organization is unbelievable and they give the players all they can," Meusburger commented. "The crowd is amazing and I practice in altitude like this a lot so I play well in these conditions."

Bammer, 31, was playing the last tournament of her career. "I think she's a great person. She did an unbelievable job her whole career," Meusburger said of Bammer. "She was so successful and I'm very proud we had a No.1 like Sybille. I wish her all the best and I hope she has a great life after tennis."

Next up for Meusburger will be María José Martínez Sánchez, who defeated Sandra Zahlavova, 64 62. They will play each other for the first time.

In the first match of the day, Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova rallied from 63 31 down to beat Austrian wildcard Nikola Hofmanova, 36 64 63. Next up she has another Austrian wildcard, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, who won the last eight points of her second round match against Croatia's Petra Martic, 61 64.

Like Meusburger, Mayr-Achleitner has had her best results here - this is her fourth career quarterfinal on the WTA, and her third in Bad Gastein (she reached the semifinals in Bogotá, Colombia two years ago too).

"The difference is I've lived here in the same altitude for 14 years. I've practiced and played in these conditions so much, so I'm confident here," the 24-year-old Mayr-Achleitner said. "My family are here to support me, so I like playing here very much. I've been serving and hitting my forehand very well this week."

Mayr-Achleitner leads Evtimova in their head-to-head series, 2-0.

The other two quarterfinals pit No.8 Ksenia Pervak against Laura Pous-Tio and Carla Suárez Navarro against Kateryna Bondarenko. Pervak was the only one of eight seeds to make it out of the first round here, and she barely made it out of her second round, saving six match points to advance.

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