BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens was eliminated from the Aegon Classic on Thursday, leaving just four seeded players remaining in the quarterfinals of the grass-court tournament.
Flipkens was beaten 7-6 (5), 6-2 by No. 16 Magdalena Rybarikova on another rain-affected day in Birmingham, central England.
Third-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 and is the highest seeded player left in the Wimbledon warm-up event.
No. 5 Sabine Lisicki - the Wimbledon finalist in 2011 - beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was a 7-6 (3), 6-3 winner over Marina Erakovic.
Daniela Hantuchova, Madison Keys, Donna Vekic and Alison Riske also progressed to the last eight.