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Rybarikova, Strycova safely through at Linz Open

The Linz Open quarter-finals will see both top seeds involved after Magdalena Rybarikova and Barbora Strycova recorded wins on Thursday.

Magdalena Rybarikova
Magdalena Rybarikova during the China Open

Magdalena Rybarikova and Barbora Strycova both safely moved into the Linz Open quarter-finals with victories on Thursday.

Rybarikova was pushed hard by Carina Witthoeft but came through her clash with the German 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after battling to win a tie-break following a first set that saw only one break point.

Witthoeft immediately broke to take control of the second, but Rybarikova subsequently recovered from 3-2 down to take four successive games and wrap up a hard-fought match.

Strycova dropped the opening set against Croatian 20-year-old Jana Fett after losing her serve three times, but came back to win 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the first match of the day.

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Top seed Rybarikova will play Sorana Cirstea next after the Romanian eventually prevailed over Natalia Vikhlyantseva thanks to a marathon first set tie-break, winning 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 in just over two hours.

Viktoriya Tomova looked on track for a big win against Viktorija Golubic, but the Swiss player bounced back after a slow start to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-1 and Golubic's reward will be a quarter-final meeting on Friday with Johanna Larsson, who comfortably beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2 6-3.

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