MEMPHIS, TN, USA - A week after no seeds reached the quarters in Bogotá, just one made it that far at the Memphis International following a Wednesday that saw three more get eliminated.
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In a rollercoaster of a match, Sofia Arvidsson captured the first set against No.5 seed Pauline Parmentier in a tie-break before getting bageled in the second. She then reeled off four straight games to start the third, lost three straight and won two straight for the 76(5) 06 63 triumph.
It was hardly an upset, though, in that Arvidsson has now won three consecutive encounters against Parmentier. Not only that, but she plays her best tennis here, having won her lone career title at this event in 2006 to go along with a runner-up showing in 2010.
"She's a tough player," Arvidsson said of Parmentier. "She plays a little different than most of the girls. She has a lot of topspin. I think I played a little too far behind the baseline.
"I managed to win the first set. Then in the second, I said, 'Oh my God, I'm so tired.' I just tried to forget about it and focus on the third set."
Next up for Arvidsson is Lesia Tsurenko, who booked her first career quarterfinal berth with a 36 64 76(3) victory over third-seeded Lucie Hradecka. The Ukrainian was down 63 31 and had two match points against her at 5-4 in the third on her own serve before rallying.
"It was almost the same as my first round match against Glatch," Tsurenko said. "The first set of both matches, I was ill with a cold. And then I started to fight. Today's match was different because the final set was really tough. She was serving unbelievably. I'm happy I played the tie-break the way I did. I'm playing with a little bit more confidence and hope to make the semifinals."
The final seed to go down Wednesday was No.2 seed Ksenia Pervak, who fell 76(3) 62 at the hands of Alberta Brianti. The Italian is now 3-0 all-time against Pervak, having never dropped a set. Her opponent in Thursday's quarterfinals will be the only remaining American, Varvara Lepchenko.