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Davenport and Schnyder reach quarter-finals in Bali

Written by: Staff

DENPASAR, Indonesia, Sep 14 (Reuters) Lindsay Davenport continued the march towards retaining her Bali International title today, beating Akiko Morigami of Japan 6-2 6-3.

Second seed Patty Schnyder also reached the quarter-finals but was flattered by a 6-4 6-1 scoreline against Elise Tamaela of the Netherlands in a battle of two left-handers.

Eighth seed Severine Bremond of France was also tested by Indonesian qualifier Sandy Gumulya before winning 6-3 7-6.

Davenport, seeded three, always looked comfortable against Morigami after breaking to love in the opening game.

Her opponent managed to get into occasional rallies but was overpowered for most of the match. Morigami's only reprieve came when Davenport failed to put a first serve into play.

UPPER HAND Schnyder had trouble gaining the upper hand against her 60th-ranked opponent, who put everything into every ball and startled the Swiss with the power of her serve and forehand.

The world number eight had to bide her time until the 10th game before breaking serve for the first time and then needed seven break points before taking a 3-1 lead in the second.

Tamaela began to tire a little after that and Schnyder looked increasingly comfortable before breaking again for 5-1 and serving out the match.

Bremond, who reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals as a qualifier this year, broke to take the first set but had to save a set point in the second as she failed to match 399th-ranked Gumulya's consistency in the furiously contested rallies.

Reuters AY RS1924

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