Angelique Kerber, Mona Barthel reach last eight

Angelique Kerber, Mona Barthel reach last eight

Top seed Angelique Kerber powered into the quarter-finals of the Nurnberger Versicherungscup with an easy victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam.

The world number nine was in control throughout in an all-German clash at the WTA International clay-court event, cruising through 6-2 7-6 (7-0).

And the 26-year-old was pleased to get another victory under her belt ahead of the French Open in four days' time.

"The first set was good - I was feeling good and I found my rhythm," Kerber said.

"In the second set Anna-Lena was playing great. She was playing much more aggressive. But I was happy about my game plan and that I was able to win, and I'm really happy to get more matches before Paris."

However, there was a shock in the other all-German affair of the day as Mona Barthel knocked out eighth seed Annika Beck 6-2 6-4.

Barthel needed just an hour and nine minutes to dispatch a player ranked 30 places above her, breaking Beck five times in a dominant performance.

The 23-year-old Barthel will now face Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in the last eight after the fourth seed took care of Spaniard Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

But there was disappointment for another home hope Dinah Pfizenmaier, who suffered a three-set defeat to Caroline Garcia of France 7-5 5-7 6-3.

Pfizenmaier showed resolve to send the contest, which lasted two hours and 25 minutes, to a decider. However, the seventh seed's quality shone through as Garcia booked her place in the quarter-finals.

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