NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan beat Germany’s Mona Barthel 7-6 (8), 6-1 to book her place in the Nuremberg Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Putintseva, who is ranked 39th, saved three set points in the first set before beating Barthel in 1 hour, 45 minutes.
She will next face wild-card entry Anna-Lena Friedsam, who upset eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-1 in an all-German duel. Friedsam is ranked No. 523 after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Madison Brengle of the United States also advanced to the quarterfinals at the clay-court tournament, beating Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-0.
Defending champion Johanna Larsson defeated Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-4 in their rain-postponed first-round match. The Swede next faces second-seeded Katerina Siniakova, who rallied to beat Mandy Minella 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Also Wednesday, Nina Stojanovic reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 win over Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.