Leander Paes and his Czech comrade-in-arms Martin Damm came up with a clinical show as they thrashed Danish-German pair of Kristian Pless and Benjamin Becker in straight sets to advance into the semi-final of the 353,450 euro Ordina Open here.
The Indo-Czech combine did not gave their rivals any chance and cruised to a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 victory.
In the first round match, the top seeded duo struggled before overcoming the unfainced French duo of Nicolas Devilder and and Julien Benneteau 6-7 (1), 7-5, 13-11 in match tiebreaker.
Paes-Damm will take on the winner of the quarterfinal match between Michael Kohlmann of Germany and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden, and Swiss Yves Allegro and Jim Thomas of America. UNI
Henin crushes Vaidisova
Eastburne (England): Confident top seed Justine Henin schooled teenaged Nicole Vaidisova on the grass, administering a 6-2, 6-2 lesson to reach the semi-finals of the WTA Eastbourne Championships on Thursday.
Henin, basking in the glow of her fourth French Open title in the past five editions, remains an undefeated 6-0 at Devonshire Park after winning the Wimbledon tune-up event at her 2006 debut.
Czech Vaidisova, seeded fifth with a world number 14 ranking, never found her comfort zone on a surface where she reached the Wimbledon fourth round a year ago.
Henin, the world number one, is polishing her game after another triumph on clay in Paris, and has had few problems so far in making the switch over to grass.
The 25-year-old Belgian will Friday face the winner from the match between Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva and France's Marion Bartoli.
Quarter-final (prefix number denotes seeding, * new result)
3-Nadia Petrova (Russia) bt 9-Sybille Bammer (Austria) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4; 8-Marion Bartoli (France) bt 4-Elena Dementieva (Russia) 6-1 6-0; 1-Justine Henin (Belgium) bt 5-Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-2
Coria settles lawsuit
New Brunswick (NEW JERSEY): GUILLERMO CORIA on Wednesday settled his lawsuit against an American vitamin maker he blamed for a positive doping test and costing him millions in earnings.
Terms between Coria and Universal Nutrition, which had denied the Argentine tennis player's claims that their nutritional supplements were tainted by a steroid and thus caused his positive test, were not disclosed.
The deal came as the 25-year-old Coria was to testify on the second day of the trial.
Coria had charged that a contaminated multi-vitamin not only kept him from competing for seven months in 2001 and 2002, but besmirched his reputation and cost him at least $10 million in prize money, bonuses, appearance fees and endorsements.