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Bartoli moves on at Eastbourne

June 20, 2012 at 2:07 PM   |   Comments

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EASTBOURNE, England, June 20 (UPI) -- Defending champion Marion Bartoli posted an easy win Wednesday in second-round play at the AEGON International tennis tournament in Eastborne, England.

Bartoli, seeded fourth this week, roared past Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour. She had five breaks while winning 70 percent of the points on serve.

She next goes against seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova, who eliminated local favorite Heather Watson 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Safarova won 69 percent of the points in the second set despite dropping her serve.

No. 5-seeded Angelique Kerber was only the third seeded player to reach the quarterfinals. She defeated Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-2 by piling up seven breaks in Scheepers nine games serving.

Tamira Paszek ousted eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 and Klara Zakopalova stopped No. 9-seeded Petra Cetkovska 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

Also Wednesday, Tsvetana Pironkova beat Stephanie Dubois 6-0, 6-4, 6-4; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got past Christian McHale 7-5, 3-6, 6-4; and Ekaterina Makarova defeated Laura Robson 6-4, 7-5.

Pironkova is paired against Paszek in the same half of the draw as the Bartoli-Safarova match. Also, Kerber faces Makarova and Zakopalova draws Pavlyuchenkova in other quarterfinal matches Thursday.

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