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Top-seeded Bouchard, Kerber lose in Diamond Games second round


ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany lost in the second round of the Diamond Games on Thursday.

Bouchard double-faulted nine times in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Germany's Mona Barthel, while qualifier Francesca Schiavone - a former French Open champion - needed under one hour to beat Kerber 6-1, 6-1.

Schiavone next plays fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the quarterfinals, after she rallied past Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic; sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and No. 8 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Safarova beat France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-1; Cibulkova downed Dutch qualifier Indy de Vroome 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and Pliskova won 6-3, 6-3 over Germany's Annika Beck.