Errani advances; Kvitova pulls out in Paris

Paris, France ( - Last year's runner-up Sara Errani was an easy second-round winner, while former champion Petra Kvitova pulled out of the draw Thursday at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.

The second-seeded Kvitova was scheduled to play France's own Alize Cornet on Day 4, but decided to exit the draw due to a respiratory illness.

"I was absolutely intent on playing today but I had to see my doctor as I wasn't feeling well," said the 2011 GDF Suez and Wimbledon champion Kvitova.

"I've got a sore throat and after practicing this morning I realized that after 10 minutes I wasn't able to breathe so unfortunately I was forced to withdraw."

Kvitova was replaced in the draw by Czech lucky loser Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who lost to Cornet in three sets. Cornet won by a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 margin in the final match of the day.

The third-seeded Errani cruised past fellow Italian Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-3 and will face Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in Friday's quarterfinals. Svitolina subdued Kazakhstani qualifier Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-2.

Errani lost to German Mona Barthel in last year's finale in Paris.

Also on Thursday, eighth-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens drilled Austrian Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-3 and German Andrea Petkovic pasted French wild card Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-2. Flipkens is rewarded with a quarterfinal match against top-seeded Russian star Maria Sharapova.

Another quarterfinal will pit fourth-seeded German Angelique Kerber against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The left-handed Kerber titled here two years ago.

This week's champion will claim $132,000.