Goerges knocks out top seed in Mallorca

Julia Goerges defeated top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Open on Wednesday.

The German needed just one hour on the grass courts of the Spanish city to ease past Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2.

Goerges was sublime under the Spanish sun, firing 25 winners as Pavlyuchenkova had no answer to her relentless accuracy.

Elsewhere, former world number one Victoria Azarenka made a winning return to tennis following a year's break to become a mother, edging Japan's Risa Ozaki.

The Belarusian saved three match points in a thrilling 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7) win, her first since giving birth to her son Leo. 

Elsewhere, Sabine Lisicki beat American Shelby Roger 6-3, 6-4 and Kristyna Pliskova defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-6(7).