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Mauresmo moves into quarterfinals of Pilot Pen

Mauresmo moves into quarterfinals of Pilot Pen

Amelie Mauresmo showed no signs of the nagging injuries that sidelined her for several weeks as she edged fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in the second round of the Pilot Pen on Wednesday.
Mauresmo won the match with a deep forehand that Schnyder couldn't handle and raised her arms in triumph.
The former No. 1 was trying to round into form before next week's U.S. Open after battling rib and muscle injuries that sidelined her for several weeks after losing to Serena Williams in the third round at Wimbledon.
Mauresmo also played a tough three-set match on Tuesday in the first round against Kaia Kanepi.
"These kinds of matches for the last year or so I was losing them," said Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion. "At some point it makes a difference, because you have confidence from these kind of matches and you build up from there."
Mauresmo was ranked No. 33 in the world. Never having lost before the quarterfinals here in eight appearances, she will next face fourth-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary for the first time.
Top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze also moved into the quarterfinals, rolling past Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-4, 6-4 despite 11 double faults in her second-round match.
"I lost my rhythm a little bit on my serve because of the wind in the first set," Chakvetadze said. "I couldn't find it in the second, as well. But still, I was fighting to the end and I'm pleased with this win."
Chakvetadze, ranked No. 8 in the world, is looking for her second title this year. The Paris indoors winner advanced to her fourth quarterfinal this season.
The men's top seed, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, had little trouble with Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic, winning their third-round match 6-3, 6-1.
Verdasco was making his fourth appearance at the Pilot Pen. He reached the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2007.
"I am so happy with my level of play today," Verdasco said. "I always play well here in New Haven and I am hoping to play my best."
Luka Gregorc of Slovakia upset second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2, seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi defeated fellow Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2, and fourth-seeded Igor Andreev beat 16th-seeded Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 7-5.
Andreev, twice a finalist this year, will try to make the semifinals for the first time in New Haven against sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who overcame Jurgen Melzer of Austria 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.


Updated : 2021-05-10 14:10 GMT+08:00