Stosur into quarterfinals

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STANFORD, Calif. -- Top-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur moved into the quarterfinals at the $700,000 Bank of the West Classic tennis event with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over American qualifier Christina McHale.

Stosur, who lost to Francesca Schiavone in the finale at Roland Garros, is playing her first tournament since breaking into the top five. She leads the WTA Tour this year with 36 victories and reached the quarterfinals here for a fourth straight year.

Next up for Stosur will be seventh-seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, who beat Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

There were two other second-round encounters Wednesday. No. 2 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia downed Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and third-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska got past Ukrainian qualifier Olga Savchuk, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Dementieva had been sidelined by a calf injury since retiring from her semifinal match against Schiavone at the French Open early last month.

On Thursday, second-round matches will come for fourth-seeded reigning Stanford champion Marion Bartoli and fifth-seeded former world No. 1 star Maria Sharapova of Russia. The French Bartoli surprised American star Venus Williams in last year's finale here. Williams beat the big-hitting Bartoli in the 2007 Wimbledon championship match.

Bartoli's opponent on Thursday will be former top-ranked Serbian star Ana Ivanovic.


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