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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Bartoli, Vaidisova, Schnyder, Hantuchova, Bondarenko among winners

Associated Press

LINZ, Austria -- Third-seeded Marion Bartoli beat teen Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Generali Ladies.

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Bartoli joined Daniela Hantuchova, Julia Vakulenko, Nicole Vaidisova, Alona Bondarenko and Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinals.

Bartoli trailed 2-1 before winning 10 straight games against the 16-year-old, losing only one point on serve in the first set.

Bartoli was broken at 5-0 in the second set but broke back immediately to complete the victory.

Bartoli will next play Vakulenko, who saved 10 of 11 break points to defeat Ai Sugiyama 6-0, 6-2.

Earlier Thursday, the second-seeded Hantuchova beat Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-1.

An early break was enough for the 10th-ranked Slovakian to win the first set. In the second, Hantuchova broke three times and dropped only two points on her serve to close out the match.

Hantuchova will meet Alona Bondarenko, who beat Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-3. The fifth-seeded Vaidisova, who beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-1, will play fourth-seeded Dinara Safina on Friday.

"I kept my concentration well and that's why I didn't get in trouble against Yvonne," Vaidisova said.

The sixth-seeded Schnyder, a 2005 Linz finalist, defeated Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-4.

Schnyder broke Molik once in each set but failed to convert seven other break chances against the Australian qualifier.

Schnyder next takes on top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze.