- © TORU YAMANAKA
© TORU YAMANAKA
MOSCOW, January 2 (R-Sport) - French second seed Marion Bartoli qualified for the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Wednesday with a straight-sets win over a qualifier, but raised question marks over her serve ahead of the Australian Open.
Bartoli was made to fight all the way in her 7-5, 6-4 win over Swiss world No. 92 Stefanie Voegele and was badly hampered by her serve, landing just 58 percent of her first serves and racking up nine double faults.
The French world No. 11’s quarterfinal opponent will be fifth seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, who beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina on Tuesday.
Bartoli and Zakopalova have clashed five times, with Bartoli 3-2 ahead.
Earlier Wednesday, top seed Li Na breezed into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over U.S. player Julia Cohen and China’s Yi-Miao Zhou beat Taiwan’s Kai-Chen Chang 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3).
The $500,000 Shenzhen Open is a hard-court warm-up event for the Australian Open later this month.
It is being played for the first time this season.