Julia Gorges raced past top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Open on Wednesday, as Victoria Azarenka won in her first match back on the WTA circuit after giving birth last year.
Gorges secured a rapid 6-1 6-2 victory in just 59 minutes in Spain, holding throughout and breaking her opponent twice in each set.
She will face fellow German Sabine Lisicki next following her similarly dominant 6-3 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers.
Breaks in Rogers' first two service games cost the American, while Lisicki was immovable throughout the second set to progress with relative ease.
Earlier, completing a first-round match that started on Tuesday but was delayed due to bad light, Azarenka staved off three match points to overcome Risa Ozaki 6-3 4-6 7-6 (9-7).
The victory came on the Belarusian's first outing since the 2016 French Open haven taken time away from the sport to give birth to her son.
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In other matches on Wednesday, Kristyna Pliskova got the better of Francesca Schiavone, the Czech beating the 2010 French Open winner 6-3 7-6 (9-7).
Up next is CiCi Bellis, who came from a set down to beat Mona Barthel 4-6 6-4 6-2.