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McHale earns match against No. 1 seed

July 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM   |   Comments

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 20 (UPI) -- Eighth-seeded Christina McHale moved within one victory of her first semifinal appearance of the year Thursday at the Mercury Insurance Open.

McHale rallied past Misaki Doi in their second-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to earn a quarterfinal meeting with No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli.

McHale has improved from a world ranking of 42nd at the start of the year to a current position of 27th. She reached the third round of each of the year's first three major championships.

Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova also advanced, routing Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-4. Cibulkova will take on Urszula Radwanska in the quarterfinals after Radwanska coasted past Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-1.

Jelena Jankovic was the last to reach the quarterfinals, doing so with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 decision over Melinda Czink.

Jankovic's next opponent will be qualifier Yung-Jan Chan, who earned a spot in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

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