Caroline Wozniacki crashes out of Linz second round

Kirsten Flipkens claimed a shock victory at the Generali Ladies Linz by beating former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the second round.

Wozniacki had been forced to come from behind to beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in three sets in the first round, but could not produce a fightback against her Belgian opponent on Thursday.

Flipkens, a 2013 semi-finalist at Wimbledon, came through 6-4 6-4 in an hour 33 minutes in Austria to seal a quarter-final place.

The victory marks her first win over a top-20 opponent in 2015 and leaves Wozniacki still waiting for a second title of the year having won the Malaysian Open back in March.

Flipkens is joined in the last eight by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the seventh seed surging to a 6-4 6-0 triumph over Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele.

Fellow qualifier Aleksandra Krunic fared better as she saw off Mona Barthel 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 at the hard-court tournament.

Krunic saved two set points in the first-set tie-break to take the lead and then closed the match out with the solitary break of serve in the second.

Elsewhere in the draw, Johanna Larsson beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 7-6 (7-2), while Denisa Allertova upset her fellow Czech Barbora Strycova, seeded eighth, 7-6 (7-0) 5-7 6-4.