Our hard-working tennis-loving photographer Jimmie48 is back home and I hope that you enjoyed his four-day coverage of the Generali Ladies Linz. Now at the second half of the second-round stage, I’ve taken charge again, and I can say that the few seeded players left in Linz are now even fewer, actually, now that the quarterfinals are set, the only seed left standing is No.7 Karolina Pliskova, who has recently won Seoul.
The biggest loss this Thursday was the withdrawal of top seed Eugenie Bouchard, who left the tournament due to a left leg injury and because she wants to give her body some space ahead of the grand event in Singapore, thus handing Tsvetana Pironkova a free passage into the quarterfinals. Another retirement today was that of Magdalena Rybarikova, who gave up after playing one set against Karin Knapp, the player who had eliminated Sabine Lisicki.
In the matches actually played, world No.94 Anna-Lena Friedsam, a day after disposing of third seed Dominika Cibulkova in a tense three-setter, took out Jana Cepelova 6-0 6-4, the Slovakian player who is ranked more than 40 spots higher than her conqueror, and the Pliskova twin defeated Mona Barthel 6-4 6-2.
Quarterfinal pairs: Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Karin Knapp, Camila Giorgi vs. Marina Erakovic, Stefanie Voegele vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam and Karolina Pliskova vs. Madison Brengle.