Simona Halep’s preparations for Wimbledon were cut short at the WTA/ATP‘s-Hertogenbosch Open on Wednesday as she retired from her second-round match against Germany’s Annika Beck with a shoulder injury.
Top seed Halep, who reached the final of the French Open where she was narrowly defeated by Maria Sharapova, won the first set 7-5, but the defending champion brought a premature end to the contest as she pulled out trailing 2-3 in the second set.
The Romanian received treatment on her right shoulder before retiring and will be hoping for a swift recovery ahead of next week’s Grand Slam at the All England Club where she is the third seed.
Fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro was another injury casualty as the Spaniard was forced to retire with a back problem having lost the first set to China’s Zheng Jie, 7-5.
The seeds continued to fall on Wednesday as Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, the sixth seed, succumbed to a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 defeat against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
Klara Koukalova was the lone seeded player to advance to the quarter-finals on Wednesday after beating German qualifier Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-6 (8/6).
The eighth-seeded Czech joins seventh seed Garbine Muguruza Blanco, the highest-ranked player left in the draw, in the last eight and will face Yaroslava Shvedova for a place in the semis after the Kazakh beat Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4).
World No 27 Muguruza, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros, will play Coco Vandeweghe as the American progressed following the third-set retirement of compatriot Vania King.
Fernando Verdasco is through to the men’s quarter-finals after seeing off Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 7-5, 6-3.
The 23rd-ranked Spaniard, the top player in the draw, will face Jurgen Melzer of Austria next after the eighth seed recovered from a set down to beat Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Also through to the last eight was third seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who was a 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) winner over Australian Matthew Ebden.
Defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France remained in the running to retain his title after defeating American Steve Johnson 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).
However, fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov withdrew from his tie against home hopeful Thiemo de Bakker with a foot injury. Benjamin Becker (d Dudi Sela), Joao Sousa(d Mate Pavic) and six seed Vasek Pospisil (d Jan-Lennard Struff) also moved on.
At the Eastbourne International, top seed Richard Gasquet turned 28 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat of Bernard Tomic to make a winning start in that Wimbledon warmup tournament.
Gasquet, competing in his third tournament since April after injury, moved into the quarter-finals after an opening bye as he bids for a third career trophy on grass.
Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Petra Kvitova also advanced in the women’s event at Devonshire Park.
Frenchman Gasquet, winner in 2005 and 2006, fired eight aces and saved nine of ten break points to win through in 1hr 45mins.
Tomic sent down 16 aces and goes into Wimbledon with confidence after his start to the season was hampered by double hip surgery.
The Australian, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2011, is looking forward to stepping onto the grass at the All England club for a sixth time after what he considers a decent preparation.
“I’ve had two good weeks, I’m happy with the way it’s been going leading up into this. Wimbledon is my favourite tournament, so if I can get a good draw, first, second round will be very important for me.”
Tomic knows what is missing in his game after going down to Gasquet, who won his first Eastbourne match after losing in 2012.
“I’m struggling to convert the break points lately,” said the 21-year-old ranked 82nd.
“Today I had a lot of break points, but I couldn’t finish it on those occasions. I think we played a good match, and this is what you need leading into Wimbledon.”
Queen’s Club finalist Feliciano Lopez struggled in the first set against German qualifier Tobias Kamke and needed a dozen break point in the second set before breaking back for 5-all in a 7-6 (12/10), 7-5 opening match lasting two hours.
Two seeds fell in their opening matches as Uzbek Denis Istomin put out No 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 7-5 and Julien Benneteau beat fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4.
Finn Jarkko Nieminen fell to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 2-6, 6-7 (4/7) despite 11 aces. Another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, topped Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 7-5.
Martin Klizan (d Donald Young) and Sam Querrey (d Victor Estrella Burgos via retirement) earned victories as well.
In the women’s event, eighth seed Wozniacki beat American Sloane Stephens for the sixth straight time, winning 6-3, 6-3.
The 2009 champion from Denmark advanced in 66 minutes to next face Camila Giorgi.
The Italian continued her run of form as she dismissed Britain’s Johanna Konta 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 a day after taking nearly three hours to upset former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Czech Kvitova won a 14th consecutive match against a left-hander as she put out Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-4. It was her sixth win without a loss against the American.
German fifth seed Angelique Kerber reached the last eight over Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3).
Britain’s Heather Watson will next line up against Kvitova after earning a top-20 scalp with her defeat of Italian sixth seed Flavia Pennetta 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2
American Lauren Davis beat experienced grass-courter Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3 as the Slovak played the event for a ninth time dating back a dozen years.
Holder Elena Vesnina lost to Madison Keys 5-7, 6-7 (9/11) as the winner reached a second career grass quarter-final
Ekaterina Makarova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets also.
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