Zurich Open: Mauresmo beats Stosur

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/ApMauresmo.jpg' class='caption'> Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo overcame a sore shoulder and Samantha Stosur's powerful serve to defeat the Australian 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo overcame a sore shoulder and Samantha Stosur's powerful serve to defeat the Australian 7-6 (4), 6-3 and reach the Zurich Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. Also, fifth-seeded Martina Hingis beat Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-3, Daniela Hantuchova topped doubles partner Ai Sugiyama 7-6 (7), 6-2, and Maria Kirilenko advanced when Tatiana Golovin retired with a sprained right ankle while leading 4-2. Carrying a shoulder injury that caused her to pull out of Stuttgart two weeks ago, Mauresmo said she felt new pain in a different part of her right shoulder against Stosur. "I hurt it in a new place at the end of the match,'' Mauresmo said. "We'll see once I've cooled down what the situation is." The French star said she would consult with her physiotherapist, and was relieved to have a day off on Thursday. Double faults Mauresmo served five double faults and just two aces, while Stosur had 11 aces and no double faults. Mauresmo improved to 5-0 against the Aussie, but it was the hardest match yet. "She certainly served up hard,'' Mauresmo said. "It wasn't easy breaking her. She gave me a lot of trouble." Stosur led 4-3 in the tiebreaker but Mauresmo won the next four points and the set. Mauresmo clinched the only break at 3-2 in the second set. It was only Mauresmo's second win in four appearances in Zurich. She won in the first round in 1998, but lost her opening matches in 2003 and 2005. "It's a relief. Some of my worst memories are from here," Mauresmo said. Only two berths remain open for the season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid next month, and Hingis, at eighth in the points race for the event, was in a good position to qualify. She needs to reach the final to make the WTA Championships. "There's not much missing. I've given some of the top girls a good round and I'm back in the top 10," Hingis said. The former number 1, making her first appearance at her hometown event since she won it in 2000, won eight successive games against Dechy to lead 6-3, 5-0. Hingis needed three match points to finish off the Frenchwoman for the sixth time in as many matchups. Hantuchova reached the last eight in Zurich for a third time at her doubles partner's expense, beating Sugiyama in Zurich for a second straight year. The Slovak will meet Mauresmo in Friday's quarterfinals. Russia's Kirilenko, who broke into the top 20 this year, reached her first quarters since February, after entering Zurich with four successive losses. (AP)

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