It took her almost three hours, and she repeatedly had to come from behind, but top seed Flavia Pennetta reached the quarterfinals of the SNAI Open in Parlermo today. Pennetta defeated Mathilde Johansson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Johansson led 5-3 in the second set, and she led 3-0 and 5-3 in the third. Pennetta, last year's runner-up, will next face Tsvetana Pironkova, who defeated Sorana Cirstea today. Pennetta was also the runner-up in 2004, and she won the tournament in 2009.
In Bad Gastein, Julia Goerges and Jarmila Gajdosova upset top seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladamira Uhlirova in the first round of doubles. Goerges and Gajdosova were seeded 1 and 2 in singles, but were both defeated in the opening round.