LINZ, Austria (AP) Caroline Wozniacki became the latest seeded player to suffer an early exit at the Generali Ladies, losing to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-4 in the second round on Thursday.
Wozniacki’s defeat left the Austrian indoor event without any of its top-six seeded women in the quarterfinals.
The 11th-ranked Wozniacki, who was seeded second, struggled to find rhythm against Flipkens, who played more aggressively and alternated strong forehands with dropshot backhands.
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”I have played incredibly well,” Flipkens said. ”I was injured after the U.S. Open and to come back and beat Caroline this way, you have to play your best tennis. Everything I did turned out to be good.”
Seventh-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova became the highest ranked player left after defeating Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-4, 6-0.
The 29th-ranked Russian was broken when serving for the first set at 5-2 before taking seven straight games to close out the win.
In her sixth semifinal of the season, Pavlyuchenkova will play 99th-ranked Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic, who beat Mona Barthel of Germany 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Also, Johanna Larsson of Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The 59th-ranked Larsson rallied from 4-2 down to take the opening set. She saved a set point at 5-4 in the second before wrapping up the win on her third match point.