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Fri Apr 25 10:19:38 SAST 2014

Bartoli finds her feet on grass in Eastbourne

Sapa-AFP | 20 June, 2012 17:060 Comments
AEGON International - Day Four
Marion Bartoli of France in action against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day four of the AEGON International on June 19, 2012 in Eastbourne, England
Image by: Matthew Lewis / Getty Images

Grass fan Marion Bartoli reached the quarter-finals in her Eastbourne title defence on Wednesday as she defeated Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-2.

The French fourth seed is the highest-ranked survivor in a field which lost the top three women’s seeds on Tuesday along with men’s number one Richard Gasquet.

The 2007 Wimbledon finalist Bartoli makes no secret of her love for grass as she competes in the pre-Wimbledon tournament for the ninth time in succession.

“I made it easy on myself, I played extremely well,” said ninth-ranked Bartoli.

“I was feeling my shots very well from the baseline and hitting the ball very hard.”  The holder called her win in 58 minutes one of her best performances on the surface this season as Monday’s start of Wimbledon ticks closer.

“This was probably one of the best matches I’ve played on grass overall. I played some great ones last year, think this was at the same level. Hopefully I will be able to keep it this way.”  Bartoli broke Wozniak, a 2009 quarter-finalist, five times. She next plays for the semi-finals against Czech seventh seed Lucie Safarova, who followed the winning template and beating the first of the Brits as she put out teenaged Heather Watson 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.

Local Laura Robson was next to fall, going out to Russian Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def Laura Robson, Britain, 6-4, 7-5  German fifth seed Angelique Kerber earned a last-eight spot through a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-2.

There was a win for Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova over American Christina McHale, a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 victory requiring two and three-quarter hours.

In men’s play, third seed Andreas Seppi reached the quarter-finals as he defeated Argentine Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

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