Photos from Biel: Strycova & Giorgi move on

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The second round of the 2017 Ladies Open Biel Bienne wrapped up inside the Swiss Tennis Arena on Thursday as the quarterfinal stage of the tournament has been set.

Top seed Barbora Strycova is safely through to the round of the last eight, with a straight-set victory over Carina Witthöft, after overcoming quite a test from the young German in the second set. After the match, Strycova got to demonstrate her cooking skills in the tournament’s fan village, prepping a salad for some lucky fans.

While Strycova was enjoying the food, the tournament’s #2 seed was sent packing as Carla Suarez Navarro lost her match to Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Despite taking the first set, Suarez Navarro was not able to turn her wildcard into a satisfactory result and will be happy to finally move onto clay.

One of the biggest surprises of the tournament is certainly junior Marketa Vondrousova. Just 17 years of age, ranked #239 in the world and starting the event in the qualifying stage, Vondrousova beat Annika Beck to make her first ever WTA quarterfinal on Thursday.

In the evening session, the last Swiss hope in the singles draw was eliminated, as Viktorija Golubic was unable to back up her intense match against Siegemund yesterday with another win, falling to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in two rather quick sets. Despite having to watch their home favorite lose, the crowd left satisfied, as Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky bagged another doubles win to round out the day in Biel.


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