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Hantuchova moves into quarterfinals of Pilot Pen

Hantuchova moves into quarterfinals of Pilot Pen

Second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova survived three match points in a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus in the second round of the Pilot Pen on Wednesday.
"It was very close and I still can't believe I won it," said Hantuchova, ranked No. 12. "The crowd helped me very much and I am very excited to be in the quarterfinals."
It is the fourth time Hantuchova has reached the quarterfinals at the Pilot Pen, a tuneup to next week's U.S. Open.
Hantuchova struggled with her serve in the first set. She had to save five break points to win the fifth game, but then failed to hold serve for the rest of the set. She regained her rhythm in the second but again had trouble serving in the third. She saved three match points on serve in the 12th game to force the tiebreaker, in which she won the last five points.
Also through were top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, No. 7 Alize Cornet and unseeded Amelie Mauresmo, who knocked out fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6).
The former No. 1 is trying to round into form before the 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 won a tough three-set match against Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday.
"These kinds of matches for the last year or so I was losing them," said Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam champion. "At some point it makes a difference, because you have confidence from these kind of matches and you build up from there."
Chakvetadze rolled past Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-4, 6-4 despite 11 double faults.
"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."
Cornet defeated Katarina Srebotnik of Slovakia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2.
The men's top seed, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, had little trouble with Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic, winning his third-round match 6-3, 6-1.
Verdasco is making his fourth appearance at the Pilot Pen. He reached the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2007 and plays Mischa Zverev of Germany next.
"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."
Slovenian qualifier Luka Gregorc upset No. 2 Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2 for only his seventh career match win, and reached his first ATP quarterfinals. Gregorc will face seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi, who defeated fellow Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2.
Also, fourth-seeded Igor Andreev beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 7-5, and eighth-seeded Mardy Fish defeated France's Marc Gicquel 6-4, 6-3. Fish was the Pilot Pen runner-up last year.
"He is a tough opponent, but I played a pretty clean match for me," Fish said. "I served really well. I took my opportunities when I had them."


Updated : 2021-06-14 08:49 GMT+08:00