Pironkova crashes out in Turkey

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Tsvetana Pironkova was beaten 6-1 3-6 6-2 by Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova at the Istanbul Cup.

But there was better news for sixth seeded German Andrea Petkovic, who emerged victorious from a gruelling clash with Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova, taking two hours and 52 minutes to finally triumph 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3.

Russia’s Vera Dushevina was a 6-3 6-7 (10-8) 6-2 winner over Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia while another Russian, Elena Vesnina, secured a comfortable 6-3 6-2 success over Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.

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