One Brit standing in Barnstaple tennis tourney

DAY four of the AEGON Pro-Series women s tennis tournament in Barnstaple saw top seed Ksenia Pervak win through to the quarter-finals after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Britain s Naomi Cavaday.The Russian was made to work hard for her place in the last eight and

DAY four of the AEGON Pro-Series women's tennis tournament in Barnstaple saw top seed Ksenia Pervak win through to the quarter-finals after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Britain's Naomi Cavaday.

The Russian was made to work hard for her place in the last eight and at times struggled to cope with Cavaday's power, but her consistent game won the day.

Other seeds to go through yesterday (Thursday) included Swede Sofia Arvidsson, who beat Anna Gerasimou 7-5, 6-0 and Pauline Parmentier who dismissed Stephanie Gehrlein 6-1, 6-2.

Girls' US Open champion Heather Watson crashed out 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 to France's Kristina Mladenovic.


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The young Brit made a blistering start to the match as she outplayed the reigning junior French Open champion to take the first set in commanding fashion. But Mladenovic's powerful serve and forehand helped her edge a tight second set and after that Watson struggled to regain her rhythm.

Wild card entrant Lisa Whybourn is the last Brit standing as she beat Slovakian sixth seed Lenka Wienerova in a third set tie-break 6-2, 2-6,7-6.

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Despite their singles defeats, young Brits Laura Robson and Heather Watson have extended their stays in North Devon by shocking No.2 seeds Sarah Borwell and Mel South in the ladies' doubles.

The younger duo got off to a great start in the evening match at Tarka Tennis Centre by taking the first set 6-2. South and Borwell regrouped and took an early break in the second to establish a 3-1 lead, but Watson and Robson immediately broke back and continued to hold serve to take the set into a tie-break, winning 8-6 to move into the quarter-finals.

Day 4 singles results: Lisa Whybourn (GBR) beat Lenka Weinerova (SVK) [6] 6-2 2-6 7-6(5); Emma Laine (FIN) beat Nikola Hofmanova (AUT) 6-3 4-6 6-1; Johanna Larsson (SWE) beat Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [5] 6-4 6-4; Ksenia Pervak (RUS) [1] beat Naomi Cavaday (GBR) 6-4 6-2; Lina Stanciute (LTU) beat Jade Curtis (GBR) 6-2 6-4; Pauline Parmentier (FRA) [3] beat Stephanie Gehrlein (GER) 6-1 6-2; Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) [4] beat Anna Gerasimou (GRE) 7-5 6-0; Kristina Mladenovic beat Heather Watson (GBR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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