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Mauresmo through to Kremlin Cup quarter-finals

French top seed struggled into the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over Elena Vesnina of Russia.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 11:55 IST
Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse

French top seed, and world number one, Amelie Mauresmo struggled into the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals on Friday with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) win over Elena Vesnina of Russia.

Australian Open and Wimbledon winner Mauresmo, who is trying to finish the season as world number one for the first time in her career, won her first ever meeting with Russia's 20-year-old in two hours and 21 minutes.

Unheralded Vesnina clinched the vital break in the eighth game of the first set to gain a 5-3 lead. Mauresmo broke back immediately to level at 5-5 but Vesnina produced another break to take the opening set in 42 minutes.

In the second set, Mauresmo tightened her grip and broke twice to take a commanding 4-0 advantage.

Vesnina reduced the arrears with a break in the sixth game but the 27-year-old Frenchwoman broke again to level at one set all after one hour 24 minutes on court.

The opponents traded breaks halfway through the deciding set forcing a tiebreak, which Mauresmo won 7/3 to book a quarter-final spot.

"It was a tight match. I'm just very happy to go through," Mauesmo said.

"She played well and I think I didn't play my best tennis. I really missed some easy things that could have made the match easier for me."

Mauresmo will now face eight seed Czech Nicole Vaidisova, who saw off Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-1, for a place in the last four.

First Published: Oct 13, 2006 11:55 IST