J&S Cup: Mauresmo battles past Daniilidou

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Top seed Amelie Mauresmo overcame a strong challenge from Eleni Daniilidou of Greece to reach the quarter-finals of the J and S Cup.

Warsaw: Top seed Amelie Mauresmo overcame a strong challenge from Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, winning 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to reach the quarter-finals of the J and S Cup. The match was always going to be a difficult one for Mauresmo. Daniilidou has been in good form this year, retaining her title in Auckland and then recently reaching the semi-finals in Miami, and she provided a good test for the defending champion. She was extremely persistent and Mauresmo found it almost impossible to out-rally her, especially in the second set. In the first, Daniilidou was let down by her serve. She paid the price for three double-faults in the second game as Mauresmo broke to take a 2-0 lead, but Danillidou responded by breaking back in the fifth game with a fine backhand winner. Mauresmo, however, replied with a backhand winner of her own to break again for 4-2, and Daniilidou conceded the set with her fourth double-fault. The second set was more closely contested, as Daniilidou reduced her errors and at one stage won eight consecutive points. After each player had broken serve twice, Daniilidou then served for the set after breaking again to lead 5-4. But she failed to take advantage of her opportunity to extend the match to a third set, dropped her serve, and made little impression in the tiebreak. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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