LINZ Oct 25 Marion Bartoli overwhelmed Austrian
Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Linz
Open on Thursday and showed no ill effects from the knee injury
that forced her retire in Zurich last week.
She gave up just one point on serve in the first set, and
after breaking to lead 3-2 her 16-year-old opponent's brief
"My knee was not 100 percent but still okay and I was able
to play," French third seed Bartoli told reporters.
"I feel sometimes a little pain especially when I have to
take a hard step on my left foot, so I tried not to hit too hard
and just put the ball to the right spot."
Second seed Daniela Hantuchova was in buoyant mood after
disposing of Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-1.
One break decided the first set after Dulko double-faulted
on game point and went on to lose her serve at 1-1.
After Dulko held for 1-0 in the second set the Slovak took
total control, surrendering just five more points.
"I felt really, really good," said Hantuchova. "The first
set I was rushing too much and went for some shots I shouldn't
have really gone for, but in the second set I calmed down and
was patient. I made it easier for myself by making sure I was
there for every point."
Fifth-seeded Czech Nicole Vaidisova defeated Austria's
Yvonne Meusburger 6-3 6-1, and sixth seed Patty Schnyder
overcame Australian qualifier Alicia Molik 6-4 6-4.
A break for 2-1 secured the first set for the Swiss
left-hander, but she struggled to gain an advantage in the
second set against an opponent who served well and struck the
ball firmly but lacked consistency.
"She really started playing good," said Schnyder of the
second set. "Her percentage of first serves went up and that put
a lot of pressure on me to hold my serve. She played great on
the break points and hit some unbelievable shots, but I refused
to get frustrated."
Ukrainians Julia Vakulenko and Alona Bondarenko progressed
with comfortable victories. Vakulenko swept past Japan's Ai
Sugiyama 6-0 6-2, and Bondarenko defeated Eleni Daniilidou of
Greece 6-4 6-3.