No. 1 seed Carla Suarez-Navarro into quarters at Florianopolis

Feb. 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Carla Suarez-Navarro will meet defending champ Monica Niculescu in the quarterfinals after each logged a win Wednesday at the Brasil Tennis Cup.

Spain's Suarez-Navarro overcame a brief rain delay in the second set to get past the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

Her next opponent will be Romanian No. 5 seed Niculescu, who took down qualifier Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-1.

Czech Klara Zakopalova, coming off a runner-up showing in last week's Rio de Janeiro event, also moved on to the quarters with a 6-3, 6-3 drubbing of French qualifier Alize Lim.

Next up for her will be Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru, winner of a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Brazil's Teliana Pereira.

Also Wednesday, eighth-seeded Argentine Paula Ormaechea tumbled to Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck in a 6-2, 6-2 upset.

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