Bartoli through, Peer crashes out

Wed, 05 Jan 12:04:00 2011

Marion Bartoli advanced to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International with a 6-1 3-6 6-0 victory over Iveta Benesova.

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Fourth-seed Bartoli, of France, was shaken by Benesova in the second set - being outplayed on her way to a 6-3 loss - but utterly dominated the first and third.

Bartoli is now the top-seeded player left in the tournament after the premature ejection of Sam Stosur, Nadia Petrova, and Shahar Peer - who succumbed to a surprise 6-4 6-1 second-round defeat to Zahlavova Strycova.

"In the second set she started to play really well," Bartoli said. "It was not like I went down, she just played too well. Sometimes that happens. 

"But at the start of the third set I started to play well again and she went off her game."

The Frenchwoman now faces Strycova in the quarter-finals, where they will be joined by Germany's Andrea Petkovic - who silenced Brisbane's partisan crowd with a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Australia's Jelena Dokic.

Dokic failed to hold a single service game throughout the 46-minute encounter, but managed to get a game on the board with a surprise break of the world number 32's serve at the end of the second set.

Petra Kvitova overcame an early scare to book her place in the quarter-finals with a 1-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Ksenia Pervak, while Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova made light work of Italy's Roberta Vinci, 6-2 7-5.


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