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By Chris Oddo | Thursday April 13, 2017

Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova reached the quarterfinals of the Ladies Open Biel Bienne with a straight-sets win over Carina Witthoeft.

Photo Source: Julian Finney/Getty

The quarterfinals are set at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne, and only two seeds have reached the final eight.

One of those seeds to go through was top-seeded Barbora Strycova, who edged Germany’s Carina Witthoeft, 6-2, 7-6(6), on Thursday to book her third quarterfinal of 2017.

Strycova improves to 15-8 on the season and sets up a quarterfinal clash with the other seeded player to reach the quarterfinals, No.7-seeded Julia Goerges.

Strycova saved six of seven break points on the day and improved to 1-1 lifetime against Witthoeft.

In other action on Thursday at Biel, No.2-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro was knocked off by Italy’s Camila Giorgi, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. The Italian tossed in ten double-faults but was able to save nine of 15 break points faced in a wild encounter.

Giorgi broke serve six times on nine break opportunities and improve to 2-2 lifetime against the Spaniard. Giorgi will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the quarterfinals. Sasnovich defeated hometown favorite Viktorija Golubic, 6-1, 6-4.

The quarterfinals were rounded out by Czech qualifier Marketa Vondrousova, who defeated Annika Beck, 6-1, 6-3. The 17-year-old World No. 233 reached her first WTA quarterfinal and will face Sasnovich next.


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