Elina Svitolina defeated France's Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-4.
Baku, Azerbaijan (SportsNetwork.com) -
Reigning champion Elina Svitolina and former French Open titlist Francesca Schiavone were among Friday's quarterfinal winners at the Baku Cup tennis event.
The second-seeded Ukrainian Svitolina defeated France's Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-4, while the 34-year-old Schiavone outlasted Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 on the hardcourts at Baku Tennis Academy.
Svitolina won her first WTA title at this event last year by beating Israeli Shahar Peer in the final.
Wozniacki eyes Top 10 again
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It wasn't that long ago when Caroline Wozniacki was the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world. It only seems that way.
Caro accomplished quite the feat by finishing as a back-to-back year-end No. 1 in 2010 and 2011, holding the lofty position for 67 weeks. But she then started to date golf star Rory McIlroy, and the wins started to come with less frequency.
Last summer, she kept losing to tennis no-names, while McIlroy was missing cuts like crazy as they were actively destroying each others careers.
The Danish star finished at No. 10 in the world in 2012 and 2013 and it looked like a return to the top was unlikely ... and perhaps it still is.