Pattaya City, Thailand (SportsNetwork.com) - Elena Vesnina and Peng Shuai were
among the second-round winners Thursday at the Pattaya Open.
The fifth-seeded Vesnina rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Thai wild card
Nicha Lertpitaksinchai, while the eighth-seeded Peng cruised past Romanian
qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru, 6-3, 6-4.
Also, Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm advanced with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win
over Slovenia's Tadeja Majeric. Date-Krumm will next play fourth-seeded
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in Friday's quarterfinals.
The tournament lost its top two seeds on Wednesday when Sabine Lisicki and
Svetlana Kuznetsova each withdrew because of injuries.
Peng, instead of a potential quarterfinal against the top-seeded Lisicki, will
now face Andrea Hlavackova. The Czech advanced in a walkover when Lisicki
pulled out because of a shoulder injury.
Next up for Vesnina will be Germany's Julia Goerges, who also moved on without
playing in the second round when Kuznetsova decided to bow out because of a
The other quarterfinal Friday will pit third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania
against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Both were second-round
winners on Wednesday.
This week's champion will collect $43,000.
The Sports Network