Seeds make comeback at Rogers

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

After seven of the top 11 seeds disappeared before the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup, Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva have restored some order.

Seeded second and fourth respectively, they won their matches early on Thursday afternoon as the $2 million US tournament headed to the quarter-finals at the Rexall Centre in Toronto.

Williams exacted a little revenge for sister Venus, who was upset two days earlier by Kateryna Bondarenko, with Serena defeating elder sister Alona 6-1, 6-4.

In a marathon start to the day, the Russian Dementieva out-lasted Shahar Peer of Israel in a 2 1/2 hour battle. Dementieva, a gold medal winner at the Olympics, has been romantically linked to Buffalo Sabres flashy forward Maxim Afinogenov through mutual links to the Dynamo Moscow sports club.

Australia's Samantha Stosur continues her breakout season after switching from primarily doubles matches, where she once held the world No. 1 post for 61 straight weeks. She knocked off Virginie Razzano of France 6-3, 6-1 to set up a date with Dementieva.

The round of 16 highlighted the changing face of tennis in the world, beginning with three Russians, two Ukrainians, two from France, including a Muslim, plus one Israeli, Australian, Czech, Belgian, Serbian, Pole, Serena Williams representing the U.S. and North America and Jie Zhing, the first Chinese to make it four rounds into a Grand Slam event.


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