Cornet, Giorgi sneak into Katowice quarters

Katowice, Poland ( – Reigning champion Alize Cornet and
2014 runner-up Camila Giorgi were a pair of hard-fought second-round winners
Wednesday at the Katowice Open.

The second-seeded Cornet overcame Slovenian Polona Hercog 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while
the No. 3 seed Giorgi came from behind to beat Polish qualifier Magda Linette
6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3 at this indoor hardcourt event.

France’s Cornet got the best of the Italian Giorgi in last year’s finale at

Another second-round winner was Czech Klara Koukalova, who handled two-time
Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-1, 6-4.

The first round concluded when Romanian Monica Niculescu topped Frenchwoman
Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4.