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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Continue Strong Showing

APDementyeva returning the ball in her match against Israel's Shahar Peer at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Thursday.
Elena Dementyeva was forced to come from a set down against Israel's Shahar Peer in the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.

She eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the event being played at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex.

Fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova and her unseeded Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze also reached the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals with straight-sets victories Thursday.

Petrova, who last week won her first title since recovering from injury, continued her recent return to form with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Elena Likhovtseva.

She will now face her compatriate Vera Zvonareva.

Teenager Chakvetadze produced another great display to beat last year's runner-up Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-6, 6-4 to set up a dream last eight meeting with No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova.

Swiss sixth seed Patty Schnyder was forced to fight for a 7-6, 1-6, 6-1 win over the unheralded Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova, and will play fourth- seeded Elena Dementyeva in the quarterfinals.

Another Czech, eighth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova, had a better result with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Australia's Samantha Stosur.

In the men's draw, Fabrice Santoro, seeded seventh, had little trouble in beating Konstantin Kravchuk 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.