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Dementieva Into QFs

Elena Dementieva battled over three hours to win and will next take on Marion Bartoli.

Published August 25, 2010 12:00

Dementieva Into QFs
Elena Dementieva

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Elena Dementieva had lost her most recent meeting with Kateryna Bondarenko but, after a huge battle, took the upper hand in their rivalry back, outlasting the Ukrainian to reach the New Haven quarters.

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Dementieva, the No.4 seed at the Premier-level tournament, was two points away from winning in straight sets, taking the first set in a tie-break and leading 5-4 in another tie-break in the second set; Bondarenko battled back, taking the second breaker and going 2-0 up in the third, but Dementieva got her groove back, completing a three-hour, two-minute, 76(4) 67(5) 64 win.

"It was a great fight. She is very difficult to play as she is very solid from the baseline," said Dementieva, who had won the pair's first four meetings in straight sets but lost in Tokyo last fall. "It was a long, physical game, but I had to hang in and find a way to win. I just want to play as many matches as I can."

Next up for Dementieva will be No.6 seed Marion Bartoli, who cruised past qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, 63 61. Dementieva leads Bartoli in their head-to-head, 5-2, but has prevailed in their last three encounters.

Other winners in the afternoon were No.7 seed Flavia Pennetta, No.8 seed Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko and Dinara Safina. Pennetta beat Olga Govortsova, 63 62. "I didn't play my best, but I was consistent and didn't make many mistakes," Pennetta said. "I'm happy to be through to the next round."

Petrova had an identical 63 62 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. "The conditions were great today," said Petrova, who next faces No.2 seed Samantha Stosur, who won her second round match Tuesday. "Sam didn't play for a few weeks so she may be a little rusty. If I'm able to play the same as today, I can have a positive outcome. It's a great opportunity for me."

Safina edged Daniela Hantuchova in two tie-breaks, 76(4) 76(2). "I'm just trying to do things a little better in each match," said Safina, who turned her first round match against No.3 seed Francesca Schiavone around on Monday, winning, 16 63 61. "I played a good match today. I'm feeling better and better."

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