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Sharapova runs winning streak to seven matches

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 12:06 IST
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Maria Sharapova breezed past Marion Bartoli on a hot day and advanced to the JPMorgan Chase Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against the Frenchwoman.

Sharapova, the top seed who is coming off a title last week in Carlsbad, extended her winning streak to seven matches. She had 38 winners to Bartoli's six in the match that lasted barely more than an hour under a hot sun.

"Why would I want to make it any longer than I have to?" Sharapova said. "I practice in Florida a lot of the time, I know what the heat is like, but do I like it? Not necessarily." Sharapova committed 20 errors, but she broke the 15th-seeded Bartoli six times while losing her serve once.

Sharapova next plays fifth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia on Friday. The two met in the fourth round at this year's French Open and Safina won in three sets.

"I don't feel like I have any more Christmas presents in my suitcase, so I hope I don't give any away tomorrow," Sharapova said. "I've lost to her the last two times and they were both very tough matches. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully a new result, my way."

Safina defeated Laura Granville 6-2, 7-6 (2).

Serena Williams, making a comeback from a knee injury, was to play a night match against seventh-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

With Lindsay Davenport's ouster from the bottom half of the draw Wednesday, Williams has an easy path to the final. No. 3 Elena Dementieva beat 14th-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 7-5, 6-3 and will take on wild card Bethanie Mattek, ranked 128th in the world.

Mattek defeated Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1. Dementieva spent much of the match yelling at herself in Russian. "Because I was playing not the way I liked," she said.

"I was playing defensively from the beginning of the match, and I didn't like it. I was very upset with leading 4-0, like the French Open, and almost losing the set. So many memories were going through my mind."

Peer beat Dementieva in the fourth round in Paris. Other winners Thursday were, No. 16 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro and Meghann Shaughnessy.