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Kerber, Pliskova through in Miami

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Top seeds Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova reached the Miami Open quarter-finals, while French Open champion Garbine Muguruza retired from her match with Caroline Wozniacki after dropping the first set. 

Kerber, the top seed, cruised past Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2 6-2 while Czech second seed Pliskova beat 15th-seeded compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-4.

Kerber was barely tested in her 62-minute match during which she displayed a great arsenal of shots and was all over her opponents' serve.

She moves on to face the winner of Monday's round-of-16 clash between Venus Williams and Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Pliskova cruised through her first set in 22 minutes and looked ready to wrap up a quick victory when she went ahead 5-2 in the second but Strycova found life late in the match breaking Pliskova then holding at love.

"Everything was fine, going well, until 6-1, 5-2," said Pliskova. "I was happy to close it because the end was tricky - the end was a little bit shaky."

Sixth seed Muguruza took a medical timeout after dropping the first set 7-6(1) to Wozniacki after feeling dizzy and decided she was unable to continue against the Dane.

"I started normal, and then like at 3-3 or something like this I started to feel headache, pain in my stomach," Muguruza said. "And then it kind of went more and more during the match.

"When I was getting to the 5-4, something like this, I started to feel a little bit dizzy. I think it was the heat? The heat affected me suddenly like that."

With the win, Wozniacki advanced to sixth quarter-final in seven 2017 events.

Former Czech world No 5 Lucie Safarova beat Slovakian fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(5) 6-1 to reach the last eight.

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