Bad Homburg Open: Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Nadia Podoroska rally into QF

The four seeded players who played their second-round matches at the Bad Homburg Open on Wednesday made it to the quarter-finals.

Top-seed Petra Kvitova came through against Ann Li 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1. The Czech won the opening set comfortably but was pushed in the second set by the American who took the match to the decider after claiming the set in the tie-break. The final set was once again dominated by the former world no. 2 who finished the match, three minutes shy of two hours.

Kvitova saved all six break points she faced while converting four of the nine break points she had on Li’s serve. In the quarters, Kvitova will play fifth seed Nadia Podoroska.

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The Argentine also needed three sets to get past Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig. Eventually, after two hours and 15 minutes, Podoroska won 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4. Both players traded breaks in the opening set before Podoroska won it in the tie-break. The second set, too, had an exchange of break but Tig had better control over her game which helped her level the match. Podoroska came back strongly in the deciding set to take the victory.

This will be the second clash between Kvitova and Podoroska. Their previous meeting also came this season, albeit on hard court, at the Yarra Valley Classic in January. Back then, the world no. 39 had won the match.

Second seed Victoria Azarenka faced a stern test against Alize Cornet that went the distance as well. The Belarusian prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7) after three hours and two minutes, saving four match points en route to her victory.

In the quarter-final, Azarenka will take on seventh seed Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Fourth seed Angelique Kerber was the only seed to win her match in straight sets at the Bad Homburg Open on Wednesday. The German dispatched Anna Blinkova of Russia 6-0, 6-2 in just 58 minutes. The former world no. 1 will next play Amanda Anisimova for a place in the semi-final.

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