Seeds made to battle


Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00

The Spaniard lost the first set to Russian Alla Kudryavtseva but battled back to win 3-6 6-3 6-1 and set up a last-eight clash with Argentina’s Gisela Dulko.

Eighth seed Dulko was also made to sweat for victory, edging out Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-1 0-6 7-6 (7/5)

“Right now I feel a little bit relieved,” she admitted afterwards.

“It was tough after winning the first set 6-1 then suddenly I was 6-0 down – it was so quick.

“My goal is to win as many matches as possible and try to go to the Australian Open in good shape.”

Zheng Jie and Alona Bondarenko also won through and will play each other next.

Chinese seventh seed Zheng beat countrywoman Shuai Peng 6-2 6-1, while fourth-seeded Ukrainian Bondarenko overcame France’s Alize Cornet 6-4 3-6 6-2.


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