Martinez reaches Qatar Open quarterfinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain beat Britain's Lucie Ahl 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $1,70,000 Qatar Open tennis tourn

Martinez reaches Qatar Open quarterfinals

Doha:

Seventh-seeded Conchita Martinez of Spain beat Britain's Lucie Ahl 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $1,70,000 Qatar Open tennis tournament.Playing near-perfect tennis in cool conditions, Martinez lost just two games and breezed past Ahl in less than an hour at the Khalifa Tennis Complex."My game is getting better each day. I am happy with my form," said Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon champion.In Friday's quarterfinals, Martinez will play Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia, who upset top-seeded Monica Seles in the first round."Lina is one of the better Russian players on the circuit. I played her at the Wimbledon last year and, although I beat her, she still gave me a tough time. I have to be at my best to tackle her," Martinez said.In other second-round action, Australian Nicole Pratt beat Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in just over two hours. Fifth-seeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia breezed past Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-4, and Patricia Wartusch of Austria rallied from a set down to overcome Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. (AP)



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