STRASBOURG, France - Three-time Internationaux de Strasbourg titlist Anabel Medina Garrigues continued her good fortune at the event with a narrow defeat of Hsieh Su-Wei in the second round on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded Medina Garrigues needed four set points and had to survive two against her in surviving a first set tie-break. She was in even more trouble in the second set, going down two breaks at 5-2. She also had two set points against her in that game but eventually pulled out the 76(9) 76(2) victory.
Medina Garrigues, champion here in 2005, 2007 and 2008, is now 26-5 in Strasbourg. In Thursday's quarterfinals, she will take on crowd favorite Alizé Cornet, a 46 64 60 winner over Shahar Peer. The Frenchwoman had failed to win a set in her previous three encounters with Peer.
"Shahar is a very good player," Cornet said. "I was 64 43 down. I was not in good shape. I really thought I would lose in the second set, but the crowd cheered me up. They were really important in this match, my coach as well. Thanks to them, I won this match. I'm very happy to get through. It feels great."
Recording a 61 62 rout for the second straight day was No.2 seed Francesca Schiavone, this time over qualifier Mirjana Lucic. This is her deepest run into a draw since a semifinal showing in Brisbane to kick off 2012.
"When I switched on my mobile, I had received like 30 messages from my friends about my win," Schiavone said. "When I go home and go to dinner with everybody, people say I'm sad. I say, 'I keep losing first round. Should I be happy?' Now they are writing for me to keep going and win more."
Sloane Stephens came from a break down and won the final four games in her 62 36 63 triumph over Timea Babos. The only two teens in the Top 100 made up a dominant doubles team in their days on the junior circuit.
"We won three junior Grand Slams together, so she's obviously a good friend of mine," Stephens said. "It's always tough playing a friend, but we had a really good match, so I'm happy.
"I played well last week and this week has been good, so it's good to get a lot of matches in before the French Open. Strasbourg has been really good to me."
"It was really tough because I played against a good friend of mine," Parmentier said. "I was a little bit nervous at the beginning and she played really aggressive in the first set. But I kept fighting until the end and it turned out well for me."