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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davenport, Kournikova Make Way To Quarters




SYDNEY, Australia -- World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport and Russia's Anna Kournikova reached the quarterfinals of the Sydney International on Wednesday, their matches underlining the difference between proven ability and mere potential.


Second seed and defending champion Davenport needed just 45 minutes to blow Russia's Yelena Likhovtseva off center court at Homebush Bay with a clinical 6-1, 6-2 win.


Eighth seed Kournikova, yet to win a tournament in 66 previous starts, stumbled through a sloppy match against former teen prodigy Jennifer Capriati. The Russian teenager slumped to 1-4 in the first set before clawing past an error-prone Capriati to win 6-4, 7-5.


In the men's draw at the new Sydney 2000 Olympic venue, Australian teenager Lleyton Hewitt extended his unbeaten run this year to seven matches with a 6-3, 6-2 second round defeat of Francisco Clavet.


And Australia's Jason Stoltenberg scored a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 upset over Slovak Dominik Hrbaty, the seventh seed.


Davenport's next opponent in Sydney will be dual French Open champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario after the experienced Spaniard eased past Australian teenager Jelena Dokic 6-4, 6-1.


Although she felt she had given away too much to the Russian, Capriati admitted to being surprised that the undoubtedly talented Kournikova has yet to win a tournament.


"I would have thought she would have won something, at least a smaller tournament," Capriati said.


Kournikova's quarterfinal opponent will be Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson of the United States.


Third seed Mary Pierce wasted little time in beating Spain's Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-4.


Pierce will play sixth seed and fellow Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals after Mauresmo received a walkover from an injured Silvija Talaja of Croatia.


In men's play, defending titlist Todd Martin was eliminated after a surprise second-round loss to 20-year-old Croatian Ivan Ljubicic.


Ljubicic, a last-minute inclusion in the draw after Frenchman Fabrice Santoro withdrew with a shoulder injury, clinched a quarterfinal spot against fifth-seed Karol Kucera after edging Martin 7-6 (13-11), 6-4. (AP, Reuters)