WTA Open GDF Suez: Eighth seed Kirsten Flipkens booked her place in the last eight
Kirsten Flipkens crushed Yvonne Meusberger 6-1 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Maria Sharapova in Paris.
Last Updated: 30/01/14 7:28pm
The Belgian, seeded eighth, needed only an hour to wrap up the victory against the Austrian player, converting all four of her break points.
The Wimbledon semi-finalist will face a different proposition in Friday's last-eight match against Sharapova, who dismissed Daniela Hantuchova on Wednesday with the loss of a single game.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-1 6-2 and next plays third-seeded Sara Errani.
Errani progressed to the last eight after completing a routine 6-4 6-3 victory over fellow Italian Karin Knapp.
German Andrea Petkovic beat Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-2 and will face Alize Cornet or lucky loser Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Strycova takes the place of second seed Petra Kvitova, who was forced to withdraw with a respiratory problem.
"I was absolutely intent on playing today but I had to see my doctor as I wasn't feeling well," said the 23-year-old.
"I've got a sore throat and after practising this morning I realised that after 10 minutes I wasn't able to breathe so unfortunately I was forced to withdraw."