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Marion Bartoli reaches quarterfinals at Eastbourne

- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND (AP) - Marion Bartoli of France reached the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne championships on Wednesday after defeating Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-2, 6-2.

After an early exchange of breaks, the fourth-seeded Bartoli broke her opponent again to lead 3-2, but then had to recover from 0-40 to serve out the set. In the second, Bartoli gave up just five points on serve, winning six of the final seven games.

American Christina McHale failed to match her first round performance that ousted former world number Caroline Wozniacki for the grass-court tournament, falling 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the first round, advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 win over British qualifier Laura Robson. Fifth seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany also advanced after defeating Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 6-2. Seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova overcame Heather Watson 7-6 (5), 6-1 of Britain.

On the men's side, defending champion Andreas Seppi of Italy defeated Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (2), 6-3.

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