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Widjaja advances

PATTAYA (Thailand) NOV. 7. Former Wimbledon junior champion Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia took advantage of a string of unforced errors to overcome Sandra Kleinova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-1 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Volvo Women's Open on Thursday.

Widjaja, the world No. 91, took just over an hour to beat her opponent, who committed nine double faults and a series of long shots in their second round singles match in the $110,000 tournament at the Dusit Resort Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.

``I was happy to win today as I did not play 100 per cent like I did on Wednesday,'' said the 17-year-old Indonesian. ``I did not feel confident with my ground strokes but my serves helped me a lot today.''

Widjaja, the 2001 Wimbledon junior champion, on Tuesday had similarly profited from her adversary's errors in scoring an upset 6-1, 6-1 victory over Martina Sucha of Slovakia.

On Wednesday, Widjaja took a 5-3 lead in the first set. But she later misplayed a volley with a backhand to the net to allow Kleinova to get back into the contest.

In the 10th game, Widjaja set up a triple break point by firing a forehand shot past Kleinova, and finally wrapped up the set when her Czech rival served a double fault. In the second set, the Indonesian took control as Kleinova struggled to keep her shots inside the lines. The match ended when the Czech delivered a backhand shot which went too long.

Widjaja next faces Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, who defeated Anastassia Rodionova of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The results: Lina Krasnoroutskaya bt Magdalena Grzybowska 6-1, 6-3; Angelique Widjaja bt Sandra Kleinova 6-4, 6-1; Shinobu Asagoe bt Anastassia Rodionova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Silvija Talaja bt Stephanie Cohen Aloro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Earlier results: Second round: Tatiana Panova bt Tatiana Poutchek 6-4, 6-1; Tamarine Tanasugarn bt Akiko Morigami 7-5, 7-6 (8-6); Andrianna Serra Zanetti bt Ludmila Cervanova 7-5, 6-4; Cho Yoon-Jeong bt Denisa Chladkova 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

First round: Lina Krasnoroutskaya bt Henrieta Nagyova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Angelique Widjaja bt Martina Sucha 6-1, 6-1. — AP

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