Top eight seeds all go march­ing out

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

All eight seeds crum­bled fail­ing to make the quar­ter­fi­nals on the third day of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open at a rain-marred day at the Dubai Ten­nis Sta­dium in the early hours of Thurs­day.

On a bizarre day of up­sets, top seed and de­fend­ing cham­pion Si­mona Halep - one of the three wild cards this year - went down in straight sets 6-7 (2), 26 against for­mer world num­ber one Ana Ivanovic, while se­cond seed and last year's semi-fi­nal­ist Gar­bine Mu­ruguza of Spain fell to Ukrainian Elina Svi­tolina 7-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted seven min­utes short of two hours. Third seed Carla Suarez Navarro could not with­stand the bar­rage of base­line shots from French young­ster Caro­line Gar­cia as she went down 6-4, 46, 6-3 in a marathon match that was in­ter­rupted by rain when Gar­cia was just three points away from pos­si­bly the big­gest win of her ca­reer.

She re­turned nearly four hours later to fin­ish off her win and earn the right to meet An­drea Petkovic in the last eight stages.

Fourth seed Kvi­tova, who won the ti­tle here in 2013 de­feat­ing Sara Er­rani in three sets, got off to a quick start but ran out of steam and ideas as she caved in 6-0, 6-7, 3-6 against Madi­son Bren­gle, the last of the Amer­i­cans in the draw. The rain de­lay of nearly four hours forced or­gan­is­ers to re-sched­ule matches with three of the en­coun­ters go­ing on till 12.45 am. The re­main­ing four seeds had fallen on the se­cond day of the com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day.

Last Sun­day's cham­pion at the St Peters­burg Ladies Tro­phy and sev­enth seed, Roberta Vinci had been joined by fel­low fi­nal­ist and fifth seed Belinda Ben­cic on the flight back af­ter be­ing knocked out by Yaroslava Shve­dova and Je­lena Jankovic.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova had gone down to CoCo Van­deweghe in straight sets, and eighth seeded vet­eran Svet­lana Kuznetsova had lost to Ger­man girl Ju­lia Go­erges in straight sets.

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