DUBAI: Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo overcame Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the $1.5 million Dubai Open here on Thursday.
The French heroine had flown to the Gulf only on Monday after answering a last minute call to rescue a depleted tournament, and although she appeared to be feeling the pace of her schedule and of the contest in the second set, she rallied cleverly to snatch the result.
``I kind of felt sleepy in the second set, perhaps because I was so much in control in the first set and it made things look so easy,'' Mauresmo reckoned. In another quarterfinal match, fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic beat fourth-seeded Martina Hingis 7-6(3), 6-2.
Defending champion Justine Henin survived a major scare from 16-year-old qualifier Tamira Paszek before advancing to the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Top-seeded Henin's spotless Dubai record she has yet to lose a match in four visits was on the brink of ending when Paszek was one point from serving for the match in the second set. However, Henin's experience prevailed 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in just under two-and-a-half hours.
Martina Hingis, the 2001 winner, also came through a battle against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in 2 hours, 40 minutes. Hingis converted only five of 17 break chances.
Nikolay Davydenko advanced to the quarterfinals of the ABN Amro World tennis despite an ankle injury, beating Marc Gicquel of France 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The top-seeded Russian had his right ankle taped while leading 2-1 in the first set, then broke Gicquel in the next game.
Davydenko will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals. The German beat defending champion Rodek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6(12), 7-6 (6).
Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain also advanced, beating Rik de Voest of South Africa 6-0, 6-4, while Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat Dutch wildcard Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4.
At Memphis, top-seeded Andy Roddick defeated Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Wednesday.
Third-seeded Andy Murray, the San Jose winner, also advanced along with seventh-seeded Julien Benneteau and American teenager Sam Querrey. Murray beat Canadian Frank Dancevic, overcome a 4-2 deficit in the final set for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.
At Dubai: (WTA Dubai Open): Singles: Quarterfinals: Amelie Mauresmo bt Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Jelena Jankovic bt Martina Hingis 7-6(3), 6-2; Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-4. Second round: Justine Henin bt Tamira Paszek 4-6, 7-5, 6-1; Amelie Mauresmo bt Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-2; Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Meghann Shaughnessy 6-1, 7-6(4); Martina Hingis bt Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Jelena Jankovic bt Mara Santangelo 6-3, 7-5.
At Rotterdam (ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament): Second round: Novak Djokovic bt Andrei Pavel 6-7(8), 6-1, 6-3; Nikolay Davydenko bt Marc Gicquel 6-3, 6-3; Mikhail Youzhny bt Robin Haase 6-2, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Radek Stepanek 7-6(12), 7-6 (6); Tommy Robredo bt Rik de Voest 6-0, 6-4.
At Memphis (ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & WTA Cellular South Cup): Men: Second round: Stefan Koubek bt Evgeny Korolev 7-6(4), 6-2; Teimuraz Gabashvili bt Alex Kuznetsov 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; First round: Andy Murray bt Frank Dancevic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Andy Roddick bt Thomas Johansson 6-2, 7-5; Benjamin Becker bt Robert Kendrick 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; Julien Benneteau bt Lee Hyung-taik 7-5, 6-3; Sam Querrey bt Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-2.
Women: Second round: Samantha Stosur bt Camille Pin 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-1; Bathanie Mattek bt Shenay Perry 6-2, 0-1 retd.; Laura Granville bt Jarmila Gajdosova 7-5, 3-6, 7-5; Sofia Arvidsson bt Nicole Pratt 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Shahar Peer bt Milagros Sequera 6-0, 6-0; Ioana Raluca Olaru bt Abigail Spears 6-3, 6-3.
At Bogota (WTA Tour Copa Colsanitas): Second round: Roberta Vinci bt Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3; Klara Zakopalova bt Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-3; Nathalie Vierin bt Conchita Martinez Granados 6-2, 6-2; Emilie Loit bt Paola Suarez 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
At Buenos Aires (ATP Copa Telmex): Round-robin: Juan Monaco bt Potito Starace 6-3, 6-4; Martin Vasallo Arguello bt Stefano Galvani 6-2, 6-4; Juan Ignacio Chela bt Alberto Martin 6-1, 6-3; Diego Hartfield bt Jose Acasuso 6-3, retd.; Nicolas Devilder bt Juan Carlos Ferrero 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-0. Agencies