Top seed Schiavone advances

PRAGUE -- Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Prague Open.

Second-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria also advanced, easily eliminating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-1, while fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.

Also Wednesday, seventh-seeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic overcame Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

The 30th-ranked Schiavone, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month, will next face Germany's Kristina Barrois or Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine, who played Thursday.