Sixth-seeded Nara needs 3 sets to beat Linette at Malaysian Open
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open by beating Polish qualifier Magda Linette 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (6) Wednesday.
The Japanese player was up a break at 5-3 in the second set when Linette won four straight games to force a deciding set.
Also, unseeded Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, who had knocked out seventh-seeded Bojana Jovanovski in the first round, defeated Kazakh player Yulia Putintseva 6-0, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia and eighth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany also advanced.