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Schiavone Survives

Francesca Schiavone won in three sets, while the other seeds advanced more easily.

Published October 14, 2009 03:06

Schiavone Survives
Francesca Schiavone

OSAKA, Japan - All three seeded players in second round action Wednesday at the HP Japan Women's Open moved on, though one of them had to rebound from a second set collapse.

Fourth-seeded Francesca Schiavone survived a see-saw battle with Chan Yung-Jan, 63 06 63, to advance to the quarterfinals. After a routine first set, the Italian not only got bageled in the second, but lost the first two games of the third before gathering herself and winning six of the next seven games to secure the victory.

Though she has not captured a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title this year, Schiavone has had several impressive results, including being a finalist at Prague, semifinalist at Barcelona and 's-Hertogenbosch and quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. Next up for her is No.7 seed Melinda Czink, who raised her career record against Vania King to 3-0 with a 64 62 win. The Hungarian captured her first career Tour singles last month in Québec City.

Also Wednesday, Marion Bartoli and Sania Mirza were victorious to set up a quarterfinal showdown with each other. The second-seeded Bartoli, who is fighting for the last available spot in the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009, routed wildcard Kurumi Nara, 61 61. Mirza defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova, 64 63.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki will be amongst those in action Thursday as second round play concludes.

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