The top seeded Italian Sara Errani, has had very little time on court this week at the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris, as she had a bye in the first round and, after less than half an hour on court on Thursday, got the W next to her name when her opponent, the qualifier from Slovakia Magdalena Rybarikova, had to retire injured when 0-4 down in the first set. Errani will meet the Spaniard, Carla Suarrez Navarro, in the quarters.
Lucky Loser Kiki Bertens of Holland, ranked at 65, is also through to the quarter finals after having scored a fine win over the tournament’s 4th seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the second round, after having beaten the talented Austrian, Tamira Paszek, in the first round. Her next opponent will be the 6th seed, Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.
Safarova fought hard to beat the 35th ranked Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who seems to be playing better of late, having been ranked as high as 11 in 2009. Safarova had a tough three setter in the first round against Lourdes Domingo Lino and against Cornet she again played an up and down match to finally win 6-2 4-6 6-2 in two and a half hours.