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May 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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Sharapova advances to Strasbourg quarters

STRASBOURG, France, May 19 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova reached the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International Wednesday, while Sybille Bammer and Virginie Razzano were shown the door.

Sharapova made quick work of her second-round opponent, Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova, 6-3, 6-0 in a match that lasted a little more than an hour.

The former world No. 1 will next face German Julia Goerges, who reached the quarters by upsetting the sixth-seeded Bammer 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) on the clay-court tuneup for next week's French Open.

French crowd favorite Razzano, seeded third, was bounced from Strasbourg at the hands of Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Arvidsson goes on to meet fifth-seeded Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, who advanced Wednesday when Czech Lucie Hradecka retired in the second set.

Also making the quarterfinals was American Vania King, who posted a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Alize Cornet.

Wozniacki tops Hercog in 2nd-round win

WARSAW, Poland, May 19 (UPI) -- Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark rallied from a set down to record a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Polona Hercog Wednesday, reaching the quarterfinals of the Warsaw Open.

Wozniacki, the top seed, goes on to face fifth-seeded Chinese Zheng Jie, who had little trouble handling Tathiana Garbin of Italy 6-1, 6-1 at Warszawianka Tennis Centre.

Second-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva put up a tough fight but eventually fell to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Pironkova moves on to Thursday's quarterfinals, where she will face Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru, who advanced by beating Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-2, 6-4.

No. 3 seed Li Na of China easily dispatched Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-0, 6-3 and has drawn Italian Sara Errani, who posted a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 triumph over Magdalena Rybarikova of the Czech Republic.

Sixth-seeded Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko dominated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4.

Report: Vandeweghe out as Nets' G.M.

NEWARK, N.J., May 19 (UPI) -- Kiki Vandeweghe is out as the New Jersey Nets' general manager, the team's new owner told reporters.

The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Wednesday Mikhail Prokhorov has said Vandeweghe will not be with the team next season.

The newspaper said Prokhorov told reporters at a brunch Vandeweghe is "a very talented guy, he did his job in a very tough season for the team and his agreement expires in the summer and I wish him well."

Vandeweghe became general manager of the team in May 2008. The Nets went 46-118 since then, including an NBA-worst 12-70 last season.

Vandeweghe coached the team most of last season after firing Coach Lawrence Frank following an 0-18 start.

Prokhorov has said previously team President Rod Thorn will stay on.

Indians' Sizemore on DL

CLEVELAND, May 19 (UPI) --Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a deep bone bruise in his left knee, the team said.

The three-time all-star went on the DL the same day infielder Asdrubal Cabrera had surgery to repair his broken left forearm.

Sizemore left Sunday's game against Baltimore in the fifth inning after apparently getting hurt sliding into second base in the third inning.

The 27-year-old is hitting .211 with 13 RBI and no homers in 33 games.

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