The top three seeds are no longer around, but the Madrid Open quarterfinal draw is nevertheless an intriguing one. Yesterday, 2nd seed Vera Zvonareva was beaten in straight sets by Petra Kvitova, and today, 3rd seed Francesca Schiavone was defeated by Bethanie Mattek-Sands. 5th seed Sam Stosur is also gone: She was upset 7-5, 6-3 by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The biggest news today, however, was the knock-out of top seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, by Julia Goerges, the player who defeated Wozniacki in the Stuttgart final. In the meantime, Lucie Safarova continued her fine run, defeating Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets; she has also taken out Anabel Medina Garrigues and 7th seed Jelena Jankovic.
Top doubles seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta were defeated yesterday by 5th seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko. Today, 2nd seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik advanced to the semifinals, as did 3rd seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. Pesschke and Srebotnik defeated Charleston champions Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina. Also moving to the semifinals was the team of Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs.
Here is the singles quarterfinal draw:
Julia Goerges vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Victoria Azarenka (4) vs. Lucie Safarova
Li Na (6) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Dominika Cibulkova vs. Petra Kvitova (16)