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Story by Matt Osias
Daniela Hantuchova - SLO
WOMEN'S QUARTERFINAL TO HAVE FINALS FEEL
Last year's Pac Life champion Daniela Hantuchova made quick work
of India's Sania Mirza 6-1, 7-6 (4), despite a second set surge.
The victory was the Slovak's ninth straight here in the desert.
"I thought it was a great match," Hantuchova said. "Sania is a
great hitter. I was expecting really a tough one, and just being
able to be in the quarters without losing a set feels really
However, now the real test begins, as Hantuchova's quarterfinal
opponent is the 2006 tournament champ and world No. 4, Maria
Sharapova, who defeated Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko in a
hard-fought three-setter 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
The victory kept intact the Russian's perfect season for 2008.
"I was just tough in the end, and it gets me through a lot of
matches," Sharapova said. And the good thing is I give myself an
opportunity to play another match."
Also having to dig deep to advance was the No. 1 seed Ana
Ivanovic, who managed to come back from a set down to win 2-6,
American two-time champion Lindsay Davenport upset France's
Marion Bartoli 6-2, 7-5, and will next face the No. 3 seed
Jelena Jankovic in her quarterfinal match up.
FISH SINKS DAVYDENKO
Of the 11 Americans that began the desert tournament, just two
remain, one of which is the unseeded 26-year-old Mardy Fish, who
dispatched No.4 Nikolay Davydenko in only 75 minutes 6-3, 6-2.
Fish joins James Blake as the last Americans standing in the
men's main draw.
Fish won a ridiculous 80 percent of his break point
opportunities en route to his fourth round victory. The win also
removed a major monkey off his back; ending an eight-match
losing skid to Top-10 players.
"If I stay aggressive and I stay on top of my game plan and play
well at the same time," Fish said. "I feel like I can really
play well and beat some great players."
In order for Fish to keep his Cinderella hopes alive, he will
have to go through Aussie Lleyton Hewitt, who took out the No.
13-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-1. Fish has never beaten
Roger Federer - SUI
FED EXPRESS DELIVERS
World No.1 Roger Federer continues to dominate his opponents
here in the desert, crushing the Frenchman Nicholas Mahut 6-1,
6-1 in just 53 minutes, sending himself to the fourth round.
Federer showed no mercy, allowing Mahut to score only 4 points
in the final 5 games.
"I enjoy matches like this," Federer said. "For me, having a
sensation like I had today towards the end of the second set
when you feel everything's going your way, you've got his game
perfectly figured out and everything you're trying to do sort of
works as well, it's just a good feeling."
Federer will next face the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, who knocked
off No. 15 Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4. Federer has won the last
eight matches over Ljubicic.
In doubles play, the Bryan brothers began their quest for a
desert championship, defeating Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie
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