BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Magdalena Rybarikova, who climbed almost 90 places last year to reach a career-high No. 17 in March, showed she might rise even further after rallying against Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals in Birmingham.
The Slovak accelerated toward victory against the former top 10 player from France with an array of slice ground strokes, clever approaches and sharp volleys. The range of shots worked excellently on the lush surface at the grass-court Nature Valley Classic and helped her take control midway through the second set.
Rybarikova last year reached the Wimbledon semifinals. She is a former champion here, winning the title in 2009.
In the first round she beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova for the loss of only five games but found it tougher against Mladenovic.