Osaka, Japan (SportsNetwork.com) - Third-seeded Samantha Stosur cruised into
the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open on Wednesday, while second-seeded
Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the tournament.
Stosur, the 2009 Osaka champion and 2011 runner-up, rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win
over Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic. The Aussie broke serve five times and
ripped off five aces in the 69-minute match.
Lisicki had Wednesday off and was scheduled to face Slovenia's Polona Hercog
in the second round Thursday, but pulled out with a left hip injury. Hercog
will advance to the quarterfinals via a walkover and will meet Japanese wild
card Kurumi Nara, a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) winner Wednesday over eighth-seeded Monica
Puig of Puerto Rico.
Fifth-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made quick work of Thailand's Luksika
Kumkhum in a 6-2, 6-2 rout. She'll next take on Czech qualifier Barbora
Zahlavova Strycova, who rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over American lucky
loser Vania King.
The Sports Network