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Zakopalova Into Quarterfinals In Rio

No.1 seed Klara Zakopalova and No.3 seed Paula Ormaechea both won in straight sets in the second round of the Rio Open on Wednesday.

Published February 19, 2014 12:11

Zakopalova Into Quarterfinals In Rio
Klara Zakopalova

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - After five seeds went down during the first two days of the Rio Open, the three seeds left in the draw all were victorious on Wednesday, led by Klara Zakopalova.

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Down 3-1 in the first set of her second round clash with Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, Zakopalova dropped just two games the rest of the way for a 64 61 triumph. Next up for her is Poland's Katarzyna Piter.

"The conditions were better for me than yesterday, as it wasn't as hot and humid," Zakopalova said. "I didn't play my best tennis but I was fighting for every point and I'm happy that I'm through."

Zakopalova is seeded first in singles for just the second time at a WTA event and first in doubles also for the second time.

"I like to play doubles because it's good practice for singles," Zakopalova said. "I'm playing with Zahlavova Strycova, who is a very good friend of mine and a very good doubles player. We are seeded first as a team for the first time, so we will try our best."

Also booking a quarterfinal berth was third-seeded Argentine Paula Ormaechea, who withstood a rain delay, a 5-3 first set deficit and a 5-1 second set deficit against Kiki Bertens, winning the last 10 points of her 75 75 victory.

"When I got here in the morning, it was already raining," Ormaechea said. "So I knew it could be a long match. Also, I had already lost to her in Toronto last year, so I knew she was a tough opponent. But I knew what I had to do, and I was just focused on that.

"In Argentina the weather is the same as here. Really hot and humid, so for me, this is normal. I also had a lot of support from the crowd, which made me really happy."

Ormaechea's quarterfinal opponent will be Italian qualifier Nastassja Burnett.

The first round also wrapped up Wednesday, with No.5 seed Kurumi Nara's 63 62 defeat of Hsieh Su-Wei her first win in their five encounters.

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