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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Graf-Hingis Showdown On Course

TOKYO -- World No. 1 Steffi Graf powered past Croatia's Iva Majoli 6-2, 6-3 in a quarterfinal of the Pan Pacific Women's Open on Friday.


The win kept Graf on course for a possible showdown in the final Sunday with Switzerland's teenage star Martina Hingis, who plays her quarter final late Friday. Graf finished off the fifth seed, Majoli, in just 55 minutes.


In Saturday's semifinal, Graf will play eighth-seeded Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands, who beat Spain's Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-0.


Hingis needs to overcome Amanda Coetzer of South Africa in her quarterfinal.


In Zagreb, defending champion Goran Ivanisevic raised his game to reach the Croatian indoor tournament quarter-finals by beating Sweden's Thomas Johansson in straight sets Thursday.


Local hero Ivanisevic won 7-6, 6-4 without difficulty only a day after he had tested home fans' patience by almost losing to another Swede, Magnus Norman.


Second-seeded Thomas Enqvist of Sweden reached the last eight by defeating Moroccan Karim Alami 6-3, 6-0.