Originally created 04/09/04

Mauresmo, Farina Elia advance at Amelia Island

AMELIA ISLAND, Florida -- Former champion Amelie Mauresmo eliminated Czech qualifier Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 Thursday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships to reach her third quarterfinal in four tournaments this year.

Mauresmo, seeded third, is appearing in her first tournament in nine weeks after a back injury. Her next opponent is 10th-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy.

Mauresmo, who won this tournament in 2001, won the last three games of the first set against Strycova, the 2002 world junior girls champion, and broke once more in the eighth game of the second.

Farina Elia won 6-2, 6-2 against Jelena Kostanic, the Croatian who knocked out defending champion Elena Dementieva in the second round.


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