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Top seed Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku

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Top seed Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku
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Romania's Sorana Cirstea returns the ball to Serbia's Jelena Jankovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday.

Cirstea, who had won all four previous matches against Voegele, held serve only once. Her service game was woeful, while Voegele got away with making only a third of her first serves, and dropping serve only once.

The Romanian, who enjoyed a career-best year in 2013 to rank 22, has reached only two quarterfinals this year, and none since February. Because of a right shoulder injury, this was Cirstea's second tournament in two months.

Voegele will face Shahar Peer of Israel on Friday, hoping to pass the quarterfinals for the first time this season.

Defending champion Eliva Svitolina of Ukraine, seeded No. 2, beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 7-5, 6-2 and will meet Pauline Parmentier of France in the quarters.

Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won 6-2, 7-6 (2) against Julia Glushko of Israel, who converted only two of eight break points, and lined up Kristina Mladenovic for the second time this year after the Frenchwoman overcame Donna Vekic of Croatia 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia plays Misa Eguchi of Japan in the other quarter.

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