Sharapova breezes past Bartoli

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Maria Sharapova breezed past Marion Bartoli on a hot day and advanced to the JP Morgan Chase Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Sharapova breezes past Bartoli

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Maria Sharapova breezed past Marion Bartoli on a hot day and advanced to the JP Morgan Chase Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.Sharapova, the top seed who is coming off a title last week in Carlsbad, extended her winning streak to seven matches. She had 38 winners to Bartoli's six in the match that lasted barely more than an hour under a hot sun."Why would I want to make it any longer than I have to? I practice in Florida a lot of the time, I know what the heat is like, but do I like it? Not necessarily," said Sharapova. Sharapova committed 20 errors, but she broke the 15th-seeded Bartoli six times while losing her serve once.She next plays fifth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia on Friday. The two met in the fourth round at this year's French Open and Safina won in three sets."I don't feel like I have any more Christmas presents in my suitcase, so I hope I don't give any away tomorrow. I've lost to her the last two times and they were both very tough matches. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully a new result, my way," she added.Clear road for SerenaMeanwhile, Serena Williams, making a comeback from a knee injury, was to play a night match against seventh-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. With Lindsay Davenport's ouster from the bottom half of the draw Wednesday, Williams has an easy path to the final.Also, Elena Dementieva beat 14th-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 7-5, 6-3 and will take on wild card Bethanie Mattek, ranked 128th in the world. Mattek defeated Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1.Dementieva spent much of the match yelling at herself in Russian."It was because I was playing not the way I liked. I was playing defensively from the beginning of the match, and I didn't like it. I was very upset with leading 4-0, like the French Open, and almost losing the set. So many memories were going through my mind," said Dementieva.Peer had beaten Dementieva in the fourth round in Paris. (AP)



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