Schiavone beats Cornet at Katowice WTA

Unseeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy eliminated the 2014 champion, fourth-seeded Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to make the Katowice Open quarter-finals on Thursday (Friday AEST).

Schiavone, who improved to 11-1 against Cornet, next faces eighth-seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Seventh-seed Timea Babos of Hungary overcame a slow start before rallying past Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 1-6 6-4 7-5 to play third-seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the quarter-finals.

After eliminating defending champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round, unseeded French player Pauline Parmentier beat Britain’s Naomi Broady 6-4 7-5 in the second round and will meet Polish player Magda Linette, who came from a set down to defeat Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 1-6 7-5 6-2.

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