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Ekaterina Alexandrova moves into quarterfinals in Strasbourg

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No. 3 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia defeated Clara Burel of France 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg in France on Wednesday.

Alexandrova cashed in on six of her 10 break opportunities in the 70-minute match, but was shaky at her own service game, saving only three of seven break points. It will be the second quarterfinal of the season on the clay courts for Alexandrova, who lost in straight sets to Jessica Pegula at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia earlier this month.

In Thursday’s quarterfinal, she will face Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, who recovered from an opening-set loss to defeat Caroline Garcia of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in a match that lasted one hour and 49 minutes. She had three aces and five double faults but lost serve only once while converting four of five break chances.

Also on Wednesday, Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands advanced as Harmony Tan retired three games into the second set for medical reasons. Rus was leading 6-1, 1-1 at the time. The No. 4 seed, Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, advanced in a walkover when Jil Teichmann of Switzerland was forced to retire with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. Putintseva won the only two games they played.

The match between seventh seed Shelby Rogers and Jule Niemeier of Germany was suspended due to rain. Neimeier was up 6-4, 2-1 when play was halted after one hour, 12 minutes.

–Field Level Media

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