Quarterfinals Set In Guangzhou

Jarmila Gajdosova recovered from 3-0 down in the final set to keep her title defense alive in Guangzhou.

Published September 21, 2011 03:32

Quarterfinals Set In Guangzhou
Jarmila Gajdosova

GUANGZHOU, China - The seeds presented a strong front at the WANLIMA Guangzhou International Women's Open on Wednesday, with all five in action moving through to their appointed slots in the quarterfinals. Chinese star Zheng Jie, who is unseeded, also won through to the last eight.

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Top seed Maria Kirilenko and reigning champion Jarmila Gajdosova, the No.2 seed, led the way - although in very different matches. Kirilenko breezed past France's Iryna Brémond, 63 61, while Gajdosova need to come from behind to pass Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 46 62 63.

Gajdosova started strongly for a 4-2 lead, before Minella reeled off four straight games to pocket the opener. Two breaks were more than enough for the Australian to level in the second set, but Minella made the better start to the decider by breaking for 3-0. However, Gajdosova wasn't ready to let go of her trophy just yet, winning six games on the trot to close it out.

Kirilenko's quarterfinal opponent will be 27-year-old Ukrainian Tetiana Luzhanska, a 64 26 75 winner over Chinese qualifier Zhao Yi-Jing, while Gajdosova faces eighth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Though Gajdosova is also Slovak-born, the two have only previously met once, Gajdosova prevailing in the first round at Estoril last year.

After a close first set, Rybarikova had powered home against Aravane Rezai in their second round match, 64 61. The other two seeds on the schedule were taken the distance by qualifiers, with Petra Martic, seeded fourth, reeling in Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas, 46 62 64 and seventh-seeded Chanelle Scheepers coming back from a set and a break down to survive Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-Wei, 36 76(1) 61.

Resurgent Urszula Radwanska, a semifinalist in Tashkent last week, continued her winning ways at the expense of Chan Yung-Jan, 26 62 62, while Zheng was too strong for Thai teenager Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, 63 75. Zheng meets Martic in the quarters, while Scheepers plays Radwanska; both will be first-time encounters.

It wasn't such a good day for the doubles favorites involved in quarterfinals. Top-seeded Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova were ousted by Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan, while No.3 seeds Chang Kai-Chen and Jill Craybas fell to Chan Chin-Wei and Han Xinyun.

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