Hantuchova Reaches Quarters at Stanford Tennis

Posted on July 26, 2007

STANFORD, CA, USA - Two of the Top 4 seeds made their debuts at the 2007 Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday, but only one survived; Daniela Hantuchova cruised through to the quarters of the Tier II event, while Marion Bartoli fell to Lilia Osterloh.

Hantuchova reached her second career Bank of the West Classic quarterfinal with a 64 62 second round victory over big-hitting Chinese star Peng Shuai. The Slovak dropped the first two games of the match in her first career meeting with Peng, who recently acquired Michael Chang as her coach, but rallied to prevail in one hour, 29 minutes.

"She was a very tough opponent but I kept fighting for the important points and that made the difference," said Hantuchova, who also reached the round of eight two years ago, falling to Kim Clijsters. "This is a good start to the summer."

Next up for the No.3-seeded Hantuchova is either No.5-seeded Shahar Peer or Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova. She has never lost to either player.

"Peer and I had a great match in Indian Wells, so I'm going to expect the same," the Slovak said. "I still don't know too much about Govortsova. But whomever I play it is going to be another match and I'll just have to do my best."

No.2 seed Bartoli was not as fortunate, falling to an inspired Lilia Osterloh, 57 64 63. Despite being injured - she asked for the trainer during the first set and was diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain - Bartoli kept fighting, rallying from 5-2 down and a set point while trailing 5-4 to win the first set; but her heart was not enough to combat her ailments as Osterloh began moving an obviously-hindered Frenchwoman from side to side more and more en route to victory.

"It's a great feeling to beat someone who beat the No.1 and No.3 at Wimbledon," said Osterloh, who reached her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour quarterfinal of the year just last week at Cincinnati. "It helps my confidence a lot."

Like Hantuchova, Osterloh is also a one-time quarterfinalist here already, losing to Monica Seles in the round of eight in 2001. The American will face No.8 seed Sybille Bammer in the quarterfinals, after Bammer beat Meilen Tu, 64 62.

Also winning through to the quarterfinals Wednesday was No.7 seed Katarina Srebotnik, who beat Maria Kirilenko, 60 76(5). Srebotnik raced through the first set in just 28 minutes, but needed one hour, 19 minutes to struggle to victory in the second. It is the first time Srebotnik has gotten to the quarters in three tries.

The last four quarterfinal berths are up for grabs Thursday, as top seed Anna Chakvetadze faces Eleni Daniilidou, No.4 seed Patty Schnyder fights qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova, Peer plays Govortsova and No.6 seed Tatiana Golovin faces Sania Mirza.

Roland Garros and Wimbledon runners-up Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama, the top seeds here in the doubles, made a winning start to their week, beating American wild card combo Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey handily, 61 62. No.3 seeds Mirza and Peer and unseeded duo Tu and Akiko Morigami were also opening round doubles winners, while Chakvetadze and Victoria Azarnenka played and won the first doubles quarterfinal of the week, taking down Aiko Nakamura and Camille Pin. (WTA)