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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Martinez on Course at Kremlin, Seles, Hingis Breeze in America

Seventh-seed Barbara Schett of Austria became the first semifinalist at the Kremlin Ladies Open on Thursday afternoon when she beat qualifier Yelena Tatarkova of Ukraine in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2 in 53 minutes.


Spain's Conchita Martinez had to stay on the court a little longer as she eliminated No. 8 seed Katerina Studenikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1. The top seed hasn't lost a set yet in this tournament, and now she will take on the No. 4 seed, Sabine Appelmans of Belgium, winner over Romania's Ruxandra Dragomir 6-1, 6-3.


"I've been playing real well in the last couple of days," said the Spaniard,


The other semifinal will feature the pair of Austrians: Schett against the second seed, Barbara Paulus, who beat Russia's Yelena Makarova 6-2, 5-7, 6-0.


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At the Ameritech Cup top-seeded Monica Seles ran Elena Likhovtseva all over the court, scoring a 6-2, 6-1 second-round triumph.


Seles, the world's co-ranked player, took just 49 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals, parlaying her two-handed backhands and accurate serves into her 44th win of the year.


Seles will play Romania's Irina Spirlea next. Spirlea defeated Mary Joe Fernandez 6-1, 6-2.


In other matches, No. 2 Jana Novotna overpowered Amy Frazier 6-2, 6-1 and No. 5 Martina Hingis whipped Stephanie DeVille 6-1, 6-2.


Hingis was not surprised she overwhelmed her Belgian opponent.


"There's a big difference between my No. 8 ranking and her ... No. 77,'' Hingis said. (MT, AFP)