OSAKA - Japanese wild card Kurumi Nara outlasted eighth-seed Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals of the $235,000 Japan Women's Open in Osaka on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Osaka student, ranked 87th in the world with no tournament title to her name, needed almost two hours to tame the 48th-placed Puig, one year her junior. Nara will face Slovenia's Polona Hercog who reached the last eight when her second-round opponent, second seed Sabine Lisicki of Germany, pulled out with a lower back injury. In other second-round matches, third seed Samantha Stosur of Australia, the 2011 US Open champion, ousted Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 and No. 5 seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum 6-2, 6-2. –AFP