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By Ajay Tyagi
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Six of the top eight seeds regale the quarterfinal line up at the Medibank International tennis tournament , being played here in Sydney, Australia. Top Seed Serena Williams recovered from the first round scare against Sam stosur when she brushed aside her opponent in the pre-quarterfinals, Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in just 50 minutes to book a place in the Quarters.
Second seed Dinara Safina was in no mood to spend a lot of time on court also, as she held off the challenge of another Russian, qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-3, 6-0. The Hopman Cup finalist now plays Alize Cornet of France, who got the better of Alisa Kleybanova in a hard fought 7-6(5), 6-1 victory.
Sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska also reached the quarterfinals after her clinical 6-3, 7-5 win over the women with 44 inch long legs, the mighty Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova. She next faces Beijing gold medalist Elena Dementieva, who beat Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2, 6-4 in little over an hour.
"I'd never played her before, so I was really focused at the beginning of the match; I wanted to be aggressive and put a lot of pressure on her," said the Auckland champion.
And finally in the match that turned out to be the best one from the day, Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled past Estonian Kaia Kanepi for a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3) win that made the Russian work out for exactly two hours. Next up for her is Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama, who held off the Challenge of Anabel Medina Garrigues in a tough 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
The quarterfinal line up will feature a much anticipated clash between Serena slam holder Ms. Williams against rising star caroline wozniacki, who beat Melanie South 6-2, 6-0in just 58 minutes.
The men's competition saw a completely contrasting set of results when two seeds crashed out of the tournament. Sixth seed Tomas Berdych lost of qualifier chris Guccione,rather tamely with a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline, whereas Mardy Fish struggled hard before surrendering to Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 scuffle. Tipsarevic's opponent in the next round is Wild card entrant and four time Sydney champion Lleyton Hewitt, who survived a first round hiccup to overcome Frenchman Julien Benneteau 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in a match that lasted two hour and five minutes.
Although defending champion Dmitry Tursunov did not have a similar luck as he went down fighting against an in-form Richard Gasquet of France 7-6, 6-4.
The other winners in the day included Paul-Henri Mathieu who registered a three set win over Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 and qualifier Jeremy Chardy who moved to the next round when Brisbane International champion Radek Stepanek retired with an illness. The czech was trailing 6-4, 3-0 when the he decided to give up the match.
In doubles action, top two seeds of Daniel Nestor/Nenad zimonjic and Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, both registered clinical straight sets wins over their respective opponents.
Unseeded Nathalie Dechy and casey Dellacqua were the first team to reach the semifinals , when they upset the third seeded pair of Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond with an easy 6-3, 6-2 win.
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