Tennis - Errani and Flipkens through in Paris

Sara Errani and Kirsten Flipkens advanced to the quarter-finals of the Open GDF Suez in Paris with comfortable straight sets victories.

Third seed Errani faced fellow Italian Karin Knapp, but showed little mercy for her compatriot as she broke serve five times in the match to come through 6-4 6-4.

Belgian Flipkens set up a last-eight clash with Maria Sharapova after a simple 6-1 6-3 over Yvonne Meusburger.

The eighth seed converted all four of her break points against the Austrian’s serve and will now take on favourite Sharapova.

WTA Paris results

Alize Cornet (France) beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3

3-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-4 6-3

Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 6-4 6-2

8-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) 6-1 6-3

Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 6-1 6-2

WTA Pattaya Open

8-Peng Shuai (China) beat Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania) 6-3 6-4

5-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (Thailand) 6-3 6-3

Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) beat Tadeja Majeric (Slovenia) 7-6(4) 6-3