Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson knocked second-seed Marion Bartoli out of the Kremlin Cup, thrashing the Frenchwoman 6-3 6-0 in the second round yesterday.
Bartoli, who had a bye in the first round, looked out of sorts on the hard indoor surface, committing ten double faults and winning only 50 per cent of her first serves.
The world No 10 showed little resistance after losing the opening set and conceded the match with a half-hearted forehand into the tramlines after 75 minutes.
“Mentally, I was fine but my body was just not reacting. I was feeling tired and exhausted and, of course, the surface was very slow so it didn’t help my game,” Bartoli told reporters. “It was very difficult for me to beat her on this kind of surface because she likes to have time to get the ball back and she had all the time in the world here.”
In the quarter-finals, 46th-ranked Arvidsson, who beat Bartoli for the fifth time in seven matches, faces seventh seed Maria Kirilenko, of Russia, or unseeded Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova. Kirilenko beat compatriot Elena Vesnina 7-5 6-1 in the first round, while Shvedova dismissed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-2.
Czech Klara Zakopalova became the first woman to reach the last eight of the indoor tournament after beating compatriot Lucie Safarova 6-4 6-4.