Top seed Putintseva, American Brengle into Nuremberg quarterfinals

Top seed Putintseva, American Brengle into Nuremberg quarterfinals

Both advanced in straight sets Wednesday to book their places in the last eight.

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan beat Germany's Mona Barthel 7-6 (8), 6-1 to book her place in the Nuremberg Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Putintseva, who is ranked 39th, saved three set points in the first set before beating Barthel in 1 hour, 45 minutes.

She will next face wild-card entry Anna-Lena Friedsam, who upset eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-1 in an all-German duel. Friedsam is ranked No. 523 after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Madison Brengle also advanced to the quarterfinals at the clay-court tournament, beating Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-0.

The American next faces second-seeded Katerina Siniakova, who defeated defending champion Johanna Larsson 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Both Larsson and Siniakova were playing their second match of the day because of rain delays earlier in the week. Larsson beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-4 and Siniakova rallied to beat Mandy Minella 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek upset third-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal against Veronika Kudermetova of the Czech Republic.

Also Wednesday, Nina Stojanovic reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Serbian next faces Sorana Cirstea of Romania.