VILLANOVA, Pa. - Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo advanced to the quarterfinals at the Advanta Tennis Championships on Thursday, defeating Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-2.
"I played well here last year," the top-seeded Mauresmo said. "I just hope I can keep it going for another few days."
Second-seeded Anastasia Myskina struggled but held on to beat Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios 6-4, 7-6 (0). Myskina trailed for much of the first set before rallying to tie at 4 and win.
Neffa-De Los Rios held a 3-1 lead in the second set before Mysikna was able to find her game again and take a 6-5 lead. Neffa-De Los Rios won her service game to force the tiebreaker, but Mysikna shut her out the rest of the way.
For the second straight match, sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva was pushed to the brink before beating her opponent, Nathalie Dechy, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova defeated Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-3 and eight-seeded Alicia Molik beat Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-3.