Lourdes Dominguez Lino beat Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets to advance to the GP SAR quarters.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino beat Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets to advance to the GP SAR quarters.
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MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Mandy Minella of Luxembourg and Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain rallied from a set down against seeded players to reach the Grand Prix SAR quarterfinals Thursday.

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

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

In a late match, fifth-seeded defending champion Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-4.

Also, seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France advanced by beating Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3, and Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa thrashed Russia's Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-3.

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