Mauresmo was never in any trouble against Habsudova, dominating the Slovak's service and asserting her own game. She won in just 52 minutes. Earlier, the Belgian Dominique van Roost, seeded third, maintained her fine start to the year by beating Spain's Virginia Ruano-Pascual 6-4, 6-0. France's Julie Halard-Decugis, Nathalie Dechy and Russia's Elena Likhovtseva, also qualified for the quarter-finals. This year, Van Roost has reached the last eight of the Australian Open, and the final of the Auckland WTA event.
Meanwhile, Anna Kournikova of Russia needed just 51 minutes to beat Kristina Brandi 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the IGA Superthrift Tennis Classic. Kournikova, ranked 13th in the world, was making her tournament debut. She advances to the quarter-finals to face fifth-seeded Chanda Rubin, the only other seeded player in action. Rubin defeated Australian Nicole Pratt 6-3, 6-2.
Two unseeded Americans also reached the quarter-finals. Alexandra Stevenson beat Russian Tatiana Panova 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 and Jane Chi beat Mashona Washington 7-6, 6-3.Reuse content