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Hingis beats Hantuchova to reach Rogers Cup quarters

8/17/2006 - Tennis

MONTREAL -- Martina Hingis beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-4
to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night.

The former top-ranked player will face fourth-seeded Svetlana
Kuznetsova, who defeated Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-2, 7-6 (6).

The seventh-seeded Hingis fought back from 0-40 to break
Hantuchova's serve for a 6-5 lead and needed four set points to win
the first set.

Hingis, who won the tournament in 1999 and 2000, returned to the
WTA Tour this season after three years of nursing foot and ankle
injuries and looks to be returning to form.

"It seems that all week people have been withdrawing, but in my
section (of the draw), no one wants to retire," Hingis said with a
laugh. "The main thing is there's still eight great players out
there."

"I've had some great matches with Kuznetsova and I know I'll
have to come out with my best."

Katarina Srebotnik defeated Stephanie Dubois 6-3, 6-2 to reach
the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.

Qualifier Nicole Pratt advanced on a walkover when Nicole
Vaidisova withdrew because of a strained right shoulder. Ana
Ivanovic advanced when Jelena Jankovic withdrew with an undisclosed
injury.

Dubois, ranked 153rd, got the win Wednesday over top-seeded Kim
Clijsters when the Belgian was forced to retire in the second set
with a left wrist injury. She was never in the game against
Srebotnik, the 20th-ranked player who also reached the
quarterfinals in the 2003 Rogers Cup.

Ninth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia downed American qualifier
Shenay Perry 7-5, 6-3 and will play Pratt in the quarterfinals.
Anna Chakvetadze defeated Nathalie Dechy of France 6-1, 6-4.