BIRMINGHAM, England – Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens lost at the Aegon Classic on Thursday, leaving four seeded players in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tuneup. Flipkens was beaten 7-6 (5), 6-2 by 16th-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova on another rainy day in Birmingham.
Third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 and is the highest-seeded player left in the grass-court tournament.
Fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki, a Wimbledon finalist in 2011, beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone downed Marina Erakovic 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Daniela Hantuchova, Madison Keys, Donna Vekic and Alison Riske also made the last eight.