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Henin-Hardenne in Bausch & Lomb Quarters
Updated: 2004-04-09 10:39

World No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne reached the quarterfinals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships by rallying Thursday to deny Conchita Martinez her 700th career victory.

Henin-Hardenne won 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 despite losing her serve three times in each of the first two sets of the third-round match.

Spaniard Martinez, the tournament champion in 1995, was in position to become only the seventh woman in the Open era to win 700 matches when she took a set against Henin-Hardenne for the first time in six career matches.

But Henin-Hardenne broke Martinez to love in the 11th game to win the second set, and held on after breaking in the fourth game of the third set.

The Belgian next faces eighth-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who hammered No. 12 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3 in only 50 minutes. Schnyder, twice a quarterfinalist here, made 21 unforced errors and won only a third of her first serves.

Former champion Amelie Mauresmo of France ousted Czech qualifier Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach her third quarterfinals in four tournaments this year.

Mauresmo, who won this tournament in 2001, took the last three games of the first set against Strycova, the 2002 world junior girls champion, and broke once more in the eighth game of the second set.

Third-seeded Mauresmo is appearing in her first tournament in nine weeks following a back injury, and on Friday will meet 10th-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy.

Farina Elia won 6-2, 6-2 against Jelena Kostanic, the Croatian who knocked out defending champion Elena Dementieva in the second round.

Nadia Petrova of Russia beat Petra Mandula of Hungary 6-1, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal against either No. 2 Serena Williams or Karolina Sprem of Croatia. They met in a late match Thursday.

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