Tennis player Tatjana Maria was eliminated from the clay court tournament in Stuttgart despite a competitive performance in the round of 16.
The 35-year-old lost to the clearly favored Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in 99 minutes 6:7 (5:7), 4:6. Fifth in the world rankings Garcia meets Russian Anastasiya Potapova on Friday.
The event, which is endowed with around 715,000 euros, will continue without German participation. On Wednesday, Dortmund's Jule Niemeier, who, like Maria, had been given a wild card for the main draw, lost in the first round to Kazakh Wimbledon champion Jelena Rybakina.
Maria, currently number 71 in the world, was in the round of 16 of the tournament for the first time. The American by choice from Bad Saulgau in Swabia in Bogotá, Colombia, recently won her third WTA title.
Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek made it through to the quarter-finals in a largely sovereign manner. The world number one prevailed in 86 minutes 6: 1, 6: 4 against the Chinese Qinwen Zheng. The next opponent of the 21-year-old is the Czech Karolina Pliskova on Friday. Swiatek is number one. Last year she won the title in Stuttgart.
The American Coco Gauff, on the other hand, was eliminated in the round of 16. The sixth in the world rankings was surprisingly clearly defeated by the Russian Anastassija Potapova 2: 6, 3: 6.