Gavrilova, Thompson tumble on clay
Daria Gavrilova fell in the quarterfinals of the WTA Rabat tournament to the resurgent Sara Errani while Jordan Thompson was given a claycourt lesson by Diego Schwartzman in Istanbul.
Australian world No.26 Daria Gavrilova will have to wait a little longer in her quest to claim a maiden WTA Tour title.
Jordan Thompson, meanwhile, failed in his bid to join fellow Australian Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Open.
The third-seeded Gavrilova exited in the quarterfinals of the Morocco Open to Italian veteran Sara Errani 7-6(5) 6-4 in just shy of two hours.
Gavrilova’s serve let her down frequently throughout the match as she racked up eight double faults, four in each set.
Gavrilova also won just 50 per cent of the points on her first serve throughout the contest, allowing the diminutive Errani to take out the match.
Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist and former world No.5 awaits top-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavyluchenkova in the semifinals.
In Turkey, Thompson was mercilessly dispatched by Argentine third seed Diego Schwartzmann 6-1 6-3 on the red clay on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Australian was unable to make any inroads against the steady Argentine, who was never broken in the encounter.
Schwartzmann will in the quarters play Serbian world No.84 Dusan Lajovic, who rallied from a set down to beat Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 3-6 6-0 6-3.
Tomic won’t be in action till late in the day on Friday when he takes on top-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic.
Tomic has never managed to take a set off the world No.6 in their four meetings to date but the duo have never played on clay.