Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam stunned second-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Ladies’ Open Palermo in Italy.
Friedsam, ranked 280th in the world, recently returned after missing more than a year due to shoulder surgery. She won five of the final six games in the first set and jumped to a 5-2 lead in the second before holding off Cornet.
Lucky loser Liudmila Samsonova of Russia also delivered an upset, as she defeated fourth-seeded Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-2, 7-5. Eighth-seeded Jil Teichmann of Switzerland beat Brazil’s Gabriela Ce 6-1, 7-6 (4), and France’s Fiona Ferro was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone.
Chloe Paquet recorded a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Caroline Garcia in a battle of Frenchwomen at Jurmala, Latvia.
Top-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia survived a scare before outlasting Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4. The World No. 11 was trailing 4-3 in the final set to her 147th-ranked foe before breaking Jakupovic’s service twice while winning the final three games.
Also, sixth-seeded Russian Anastasia Potapova defeated Austria’s Barbara Haas 6-2, 6-3; Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina, and Poland’s Katarzyna Kawa rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Croatia’s Jana Fett.
–Field Level Medi