Kurumi Nara of Japan celebrates a point won against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Vincent Thian
March 04, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open by beating Polish qualifier Magda Linette 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (6) Wednesday.

The Japanese player was up a break at 5-3 in the second set when Linette won four straight games to force a deciding set.

Also, unseeded Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, who had knocked out seventh-seeded Bojana Jovanovski in the first round, defeated Kazakh player Yulia Putintseva 6-0, 6-2.

Fourth-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia and eighth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany also advanced.

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