Baltacha edged out in Thailand

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The British No 1 Elena Baltacha missed out on a place in the last eight of the Pattaya Open in Thailand yesterday after a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat by the Chinese sixth seed, Peng Shuai.

Baltacha dominated the opening exchanges but had no answer when Peng fought back to take the second set before edging a tight deciding set.

The second seed Ana Ivanovic had to dig deep to secure her spot in the quarter-finals, coming from a set down to beat the veteran American Jill Craybas. The Serbian fought back from losing the first set 6-4 to take the second 6-1 before a third break of serve in the final set saw her win 7-5 after nearly 150 minutes on court. She now faces Italy's Roberta Vinci.