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Chakvetadze leads winners in Paris

Feb. 7, 2008 at 8:11 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Anna Chakvetadze and Amelie Mauresmo were among second-round winners Thursday at the Open Gaz de France tennis tournament in Paris.

The Russian Chakvetadze, the event's top seed, needed little more than an hour in her 6-1, 6-3 victory against French wild card Nathalie Dechy.

"I wasn't expecting such an easy match," Chakvetadze admitted.

The 6th-seeded Mauresmo, a fan favorite, was leading Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 3-0 in the opening set when her opponent retired after only 10 minutes because of a viral illness.

Elsewhere, No. 2 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-4, 1-6, 6-3; No. 3 Marion Bartoli of France downed rising Slovakian star Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-1; France's Virginie Razzano beat compatriot Alize Cornet 6-4, 7-5, while Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko was an easy 6-0 6-3 winner against Yuliana Fedak.

In Friday's quarters, Mauresmo faces Chakvetadze, Bartoli meets Razzano, Bondarenko plays No. 4 Elena Dementieva, and Daniela Hantuchova goes against seventh-seeded Agnes Szavay.

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