Zvonareva, Venus exit Eastbourne

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, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

EASTBOURNE, England -- Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva and on-the- mend American star Venus Williams were a pair of quarterfinal losers Thursday at the $618,000 Aegon International tennis event, a final grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon.

The 2010 Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up Zvonareva was ousted by seventh- seeded 2010 French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 on Day 4 at Devonshire Park. The world No. 3 Zvonareva bested former No. 1 Serena Williams here on Wednesday to avenge a loss at the hands of the American great in last year's Wimbledon finale.

Meanwhile, the unseeded former world No. 1 Venus succumbed to Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Hantuchova had been in winless in her previous 10 career meetings with Venus.

Hantuchova was a runner-up in Birmingham just three days ago.

This week marked Venus' first action since January, as she was sidelined for almost five months due to a hip injury.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion will now head to Wimbledon, where she's a five-time titlist and three-time runner-up.

"I played a lot of matches here, spent a lot of time on the court," Williams said. "It's not the best luck today, but I feel good about my preparation."

In other quarterfinal action, sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli was leading third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-0 when the Belarusian retired with a right groin injury and fifth-seeded 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist Petra Kvitova overcame Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2). Azarenka has now retired in four of her last eight events.

Friday's semifinals will pit the lefthanded Czech Kvitova against Hantuchova and the French Bartoli versus the Australian Stosur.

The 2011 Eastbourne champion will collect $103,000.


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