Top two seeds at the inaugural Premier-level tournament of the Brussels Open, Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva, both advanced to the quarterfinals, but not without considerable effort.
Zvonareva found herself 6-2 3-2 down against Galina Voskoboeva, before rallying back to beat the Kazakh qualifier 2-6 6-4 6-3. The Russian said she needed some time to get accustomed to the new court and new atmosphere, while her opponent got that sort of preparation during qualifying.
As for the world No.1 Wozniacki, she rallied from a break down in both sets to defeat American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 7-6(5) on the fifth match point. In their only previous meeting, which was also on clay, Wozniacki was much more productive, defeating Lepchenko 6-3 6-1 in Madrid in 2009.
All the other seeded players won their second round matches on Wednesday, including Francesca Schiavone, Yanina Wickmayer, Alexandra Dulgheru and Peng Shuai, but there is one exception: fourth seed Jelena Jankovic was upset by Sofia Arvidsson 3-6 6-3 6-3.
At the International-level event, Internationaux de Strasbourg, which is also played this week, all the seeds went through the second round, including No.1 Marion Bartoli and No.2 Andrea Petkovic. Bojana Jovanovski was defeated by seventh seed Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-0, and Jelena Dokic also played and lost to qualifier Mirjana Lucic 6-2 6-2. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)