Dementieva advances in Gaz de France Stars

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia brushed aside Michaela Pastikova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Gaz de France Stars.

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Top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia brushed aside Michaela Pastikova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Gaz de France Stars on Thursday. Dementieva, world-ranked No. 6, had some trouble in the first set against a player ranked 145 places below her, but once she found her groove there was no stopping the Russian's cruise into the quarterfinals of the $170,000 WTA tournament. It was her first match since losing the US Open final nearly three weeks ago. She will play another Czech, Denisa Chladkova, in the quarters. The only seed to fall was No. 4 Karolina Sprem of Croatia, who fed Maria Elena Camerin of Italy too many unforced errors and lost 6-4, 6-4. No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy and No. 7 Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria lost only one game each. Schiavone swept past Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-1, 6-0 in barely more than half an hour and will play No. 3 Elena Bovina of Russia, while Maleeva dispatched local player Els Callens 6-0, 6-1. Maleeva bought herself a match with another local, former No. 1 Kim Clijsters. Clijsters, seeded second, has made her return to the WTA Tour this week following a five-month injury layoff. She holds a 5-0 head-to-head record against Maleeva. Camerin will play Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the other quarter. (AP)

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