Top seed Vera Zvonareva advanced to the Baku Cup quarterfinals today when her second round opponent, Kristina Kucova, retired because of a leg injury. Zvonareva led 6-0, 3-0 at the time of Kucova's retirement.
Also advancing was 2nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated qualifier Elena Bovina 6-4, 6-0. Pavlyuchenova double-faulted 25 times in the first round, but reduced that number to seven in today's match.
Also in the second round, Kateryna Bondarenko upset 4th seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4, and Anna Tatishvili defeated lucky loser Tatia Mikadze 7-6, 6-3.