2007 champion Parmentier upset the No.7 seed Tima Babos, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in almost two and a half hours to reach the quarterfinals.
“I served well today and didn’t get easy points, but happy to get the last eight,” Parmentier said.
Recalling her moment of victory in Taskhent – now 12 years ago – Parmentier said, “How time flies! I would like to go all the way this year.”
“I have been playing for long now and its not easy to be in the Top 100. I’m getting old but my spirit remains,” she smiled.
Sorana Cirstea, who won here in 2008, came back against Ysaline Bonaventure, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to edge through in two hours and 14 minutes. The 2016 champion Pliskova also had to make a comeback in three sets to reach the quarterfinals. Adding a bit of serve and volley to her game, Pliskova fought past Katarzyna Kawa 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to advance.