BOGOTA, Colombia (Ticker) — Cristina Torrens-Valero, the top seed, rallied past fellow Spaniard Eva Bes on Wednesday, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals of the $467,000 Copa Colsanitas claycourt event.
Torrens-Valero, who finished 2001 ranked 32nd in the world, continues to try and forget about her disappointing start to the year, losing five of her six matches before this week.
The 27-year-old’s only previous victory came in the first round of the Paris Indoor event, where she posted a comeback victory over Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder. Seeded 26th at the Australian Open, Torrens-Valero was upset by Argentina’s Mariana Diaz-Oliva.
Torrens-Valero faces a tough quarterfinals encounter with fifth seed Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios. The Paraguayan cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Maria Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo of Spain.