Agency : Top-seeded Petra Martic came back from one set down to dispatch Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Palermo Ladies Open quarterfinals on Thursday. The match lasted for two and half hours on the clay court in the first WTA Tour tournament following a five-month break due to the COVID-19. The Croatian will next face another qualifier, Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus, who eliminated Jasmine Paolini of Italy 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday. Fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit also had to come from behind to defeat Laura Siegemund in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The Estonian will encounter Italian wild-card entry Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the quarterfinal. Italy's Camila Giorgi also managed a comeback victory over Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Players and officials for the tournament are being tested every four days for COVID-19 and one player who tested positive withdrew over the weekend. New protocols include fewer ball kids, a limited number of fans and no post-match handshakes between opponents.
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