Defending champion Lucie Safarova withdraws from Prague Open

ABS-CBN Sports on May 04, 2017 10:31 AM
Defending champion Lucie Safarova withdraws from Prague Open
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, at right, and Lucie Safarova, from Czech Republic, left, talk strategy during their doubles final victory over Lucie Hradecka, from Czech Republic, and Katerina Siniakova, from Czech Republic, at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, April 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
PRAGUE (AP) — Defending champion Lucie Safarova withdrew from the Prague Open on Wednesday ahead of her second-round match against Kristyna Pliskova because of illness.

Organizers said she was ill before the tournament and her condition worsened after her 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Kristina Kucova on Tuesday.

In the quarterfinals, Pliskova will face 144th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilian qualifier beat fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-2.

Big-hitting Jelena Ostapenko rallied to eliminate second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5). The Latvian will play Ana Konjuh next.

Third-seeded Barbora Strycova defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 7-5 and will meet Katerina Siniakova in the quarterfinals. Siniakova beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Camila Giorgi advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Qiang Wang of China. She will next play qualifier Mona Barthel.

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