Title-holder Petrova enters last eight


BERLIN: Defending champion Nadia Petrova of Russia beat compatriot Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-3 yesterday to advance to the quarter-finals of the German Open. 

The former French Open semi-finalist, the seventh seed, broke Dementieva four times in the rain-interrupted match and will play another Russian, third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, for a place in the last four. 

Kuznetsova had a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded German Martina Mueller, ending hopes of a local success at the US$1.34mil clay court event.  

“Every time it got to 30-30 she pulled the hammer out,'' Mueller said. “It was still a good week for me.'' 

The 39th-ranked Mueller was broken at 3-2 in the second set despite being 40-15 up. 

“You just can't waste chances like that against a top-10 player,'' Mueller said. 

Serbian teenager Ana Ivanovic also went through to the last eight yesterday. The number 12 seed was leading Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 5-0 when the Ukrainian sprained her ankle and was forced to retire. 

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