Top seed Klara Zakopalova into Rio Open quarterfinals

RIO DE JANERIO, Brazil, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Klara Zakopalova made short work of her second-round opponent to advance Wednesday at the inaugural Rio Open tennis event.

The 31-year-old Czech cruised past Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 6-1, and now goes on to meet Poland's Katarzyna Piter, who battled past German Dinah Pfizenmaier 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Day 3 at Jockey Club Brasileiro.


Also gaining the quarterfinals was third-seeded Argentine Paula Ormaechea, who bested Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 7-5.

Her next opponent will be Italian Nastassja Burnett, who rallied to defeat Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Fifth-seeded Japanese Kurumi Nara took a first-round victory Wednesday, dispatching Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2.

German Anna-Lena Friedsam moved on the second round as well, routing Ukrainian Nadiya Kichenok 6-2, 6-3.

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