Kaia Kanepi, Tsvetana Pironkova upset at Grand Prix SAR


Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria is ranked No. 53 in the world.

Mandy Minella of Luxembourg and Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain fought back from a set down against seeded players to reach the Grand Prix SAR quarterfinals on Thursday.

Minella beat fourth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Dominguez Lino downed ninth-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a match featuring seven breaks of serve for each player.

Kanepi had seven aces but double-faulted nine times, and Minella broke her three times.

Seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France advanced to the last eight by beating Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 and Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa joined her after thrashing Russia's Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-3.

Later, defending champion Kiki Bertens took on Flavia Pennetta.


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