Panova, Minella among winners in Baku

11:09 AM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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Baku, Azerbaijan (Sports Network) - Alexandra Panova of Russia and Luxembourg's Mandy Minella were among the second-round winners Wednesday at the Baku Cup tennis tournament.

The second-seeded Panova rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 victory over Poland's Sandra Zaniewska, while the third-seeded Minella also knocked out a Polish player in Marta Domachowska with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph.

Panova, who reached her first WTA final earlier this year in Bogota, will next face fellow Russian Nina Bratchikova in the quarterfinals. The sixth-seeded Bratchikova won the first set against Estrella Cabeza Candela without a dropping a game before the Spaniard retired because of an abdominal strain.

Minella will play in the quarterfinals for the second time in her last three events. She was a semifinal loser to Yanina Wickmayer in Bad Gastein last month and on Thursday will meet Russian Olga Puchkova, who advanced Wednesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 win over Italy's Alberta Brianti.

Fifth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia topped Russian qualifier Valeria Solovieva, 6-2, 6-3, and will next take on countrywoman Aleksandra Krunic in the quarterfinals. Krunic, who qualified for the main draw and knocked off fourth-seeded Andrea Hlavackova in the first round, continued her run with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win Wednesday over Spain's Laura Pous-Tio.

American Julia Cohen also reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 pounding of Russian Alla Kudryavtseva and will next battle Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, who advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Rybarikova is the lone player among the final eight with a WTA Tour title. She won in Memphis last year after claiming her first crown three years ago at the Wimbledon tune-up in Birmingham.

The winner of this WTA International event will claim a first prize of $37,000.

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