Wed, 30 Sep 2020

ROME, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Former French Open finalist Sara Errani overcame Kristyna Pliskova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the Palermo Open quarterfinals.

Errani, who received a wild-card entry for the first tour-level tournament following a five-month break due to the COVID-19, will next face French player Fiona Ferro, who beat eighth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-2.

It was Errani's 180th career win on clay court, more than any other active player.

Qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich eased past Jasmine Paolini 6-0, 6-2 for her fifth win in five days.

19-year-old Italian wild-card entry Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated sixth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4.

Errani, who lost the 2012 French Open final to Maria Sharapova, had struggled to regain her form after serving a two-month ban in 2017 due to an anti-doping violation.

Her ranking is down from a career-high of No. 5 in 2013 to No. 169.

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