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Martic Moves On In Malaysia

Petra Martic made her first quarterfinal of the year and Hsieh Su-Wei also was victorious on a rain-interrupted Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.

Published February 29, 2012 08:42

Martic Moves On In Malaysia
Petra Martic

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The BMW Malaysian Open was plagued by rain on Wednesday, but fifth-seeded Petra Martic and qualifier Hsieh Su-Wei did manage to get through their second round matches.

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Martic, who was two games from defeat in her first round win over Japan's Erika Sema, was also extended to three sets by Sema's countrywoman, Kurumi Nara. Martic appeared on her way to a comfortable win when she was up a set and a break at 62 32. However, then Nara reeled off four straight games to force a third set. Martic quickly regained her composure, though, and cruised from there for the 62 36 60 victory, sending her into her first final eight of the season. After losing her first three career quarterfinals, she has won two of her last three.

Hsieh, who upset No.8 seed Anne Keothavong in her opener, was a 61 75 winner over Casey Dellacqua. It has been quite a February for Hsieh, who made the semifinals of her first-ever WTA event in 2001 in Bali. In her next event a couple of months later, she made the quarters in Pattaya City. More than a decade would pass before she would get that far again, as earlier this month she was a semifinalist in Pattaya City. And now she finds herself in the quarterfinals of Kuala Lumpur.

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, fresh off her title in Dubai and rise to a career-high No.5 in the world, is still looking to complete her first round match, as she was up on Akgul Amanmuradova, 62 33, when the match was suspended. Radwanska has a pretty good success rate when playing the week after capturing a title. In the last three instances of this, she got to the quarters of Wimbledon after winning Eastbourne in 2008, reached the semis of Toronto after winning Carlsbad in 2011 and won Beijing after winning Tokyo in 2011.

Amanmuradova should not be overlooked though, as she was triumphant the last time she played a Top 5 player - against then No.2 Jelena Jankovic at Cincinnati in 2010. If Radwanska does indeed advance on Thursday, she will play again later in the day. The six other remaining second round matches are also on the schedule, including the second-seeded Jankovic against Jill Craybas. Jankovic has split her six career matches against the American veteran, but they have not played since 2006.

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