Kirilenko and Lisicki reach Pattaya Open quarters, Hantuchova out

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Sabine Lisicki of Germany, ranked at 52 and seeded 5th, had an easy 6-2 6-3 first round win over her compatriot Tatjana Malek. In the second round she faced off against 103rd ranked Alexandra Panova of Russia, who got the W next to her name after her first round opponent, Irina-Camelia Begu, retired injured. This match went to the sometimes erratic Lisicki 7-5 6-2 after playing for almost an hour and a half. She will meet the Kiwi, Marina Erakovic, in the quarter finals.

Second seed Maria Kirilenko had a real battle on her hands when she took on the 155 ranked wild card holder Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand, in second round play at the Pattaya Open. Kumkhum had a good win in the first round, when she easily defeated Casey Dellacqua of Australia, who reached the women’s doubles final at the Australian Open last week, 6-2 6-2. She again came out of the blocks running and took the first set 7-5, but the Russian regrouped and found her range to take the next two sets 6-2 6-2 to complete her hard fought victory in two hours twenty two minutes on court.

Nina Bratchikova played 6th seed Daniela Hantuchova, for a place in the quarter finals and moved on in the draw after her opponent had to retire injured, when Bratchikova was leading 6-2 3-0 after just fifty minutes on court. She will next meet Ayumi Morita, conqueror of top seed Ana Ivanovic.

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