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Qualifier shocks Cirstea at Hobart

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Hobart, Australia - American qualifier Lauren Davis beat second-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 6-3 in a rain-interrupted, second-round match Tuesday at the Hobart International.

Cirstea's elimination followed that of top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei on Monday and leaves No. 3 Klara Zakopalova as the highest-seeded player remaining at the Domain Tennis Centre. On Tuesday, the Czech advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

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HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Lauren Davis of the USA plays a backhand in her second round match against Lauren Cirstea of Romania during day five of the Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre on January 8, 2013 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Elena Vesnina of Russia beat fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match.

Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States, who lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International, advanced to the last eight with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Simona Halep of Romania.

Ninth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany also advanced to the quarter-finals, defeating Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 7-6 (3), 7-5. - Sapa-AP

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