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Jovanovski Faces Qualifier In Baku QFs

Former champion Bojana Jovanovski defeated Katarzyna Piter on Wednesday to book a quarterfinal meeting with the Baku Cup's surprise package, Misa Eguchi.

Published July 23, 2014 12:14

Jovanovski Faces Qualifier In Baku QFs
Misa Eguchi

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Former champion Bojana Jovanovski booked her place in the quarterfinals of the Baku Cup with a straight set win over Katarzyna Piter on Wednesday.

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An inauspicious start saw Jovanovski lose eight of the first nine points to fall an early break behind. But she soon snapped out of this slumber, five games on the trot getting her back on track and on the way to the opening set.

The No.5 seed continued this dominance in the second, breaking twice more to run out a 6-3, 6-1 winner.

Meeting her next will be the week's surprise package, Misa Eguchi, who defeated Urszula Radwanska, 6-2, 6-1.

Since turning professional in 2007, Eguchi has plied her trade exclusively on the ITF Circuit, but, judging by the performances on her WTA main draw debut, she is clearly intent on making up for lost time.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Eguchi did not have things all her own way. The first four games lasted nearly half an hour, during which time Eguchi was forced to fend off a succession of break points. Once through this test, Radwanska's challenge began to fade and Eguchi eased to her 31st win of the season.

Also advancing were last year's runner-up, Shahar Peer, and Pauline Parmentier.

Peer recovered from losing six straight games in the first set to defeat Vesna Dolonc, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, while Parmentier edged out No.8 seed Jana Cepelova, 7-6(2), 6-4.  

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