| Angelique Widjaja, who lost to Maria Kirilenko on Wednesday. (AFP)
Hyderabad: Tournament favourite Mary Pierce of France and qualifier Maria Kirilenko of Russia moved into the quarter finals of the singles event at the $140,000 WTA Indian Open on Wednesday.
Pierce took just 48 minutes to oust Evie Dominikovic of Australia 6-3, 6-1, while Kirilenko defeated seventh seed Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
Also making it to the last eight were Akiko Morigami of Japan, Tzipora Obziler of Israel, fifth seed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan and eighth seed Silvia Talaja of Croatia.
Kirilenko and Widjaja, were engaged in a 150-minute battle. Complacency crept into Widjaja’s game in the second set and the Russian was quick to pounce on the opportunity to take the set 7-5. The decider turned out to be a one-sided affair with Kirilenko taking full control of the proceedings.
Akiko Morigami made it look easy as she romped home against Andreea Vanc of Romania with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Tzipora Obziler defeated Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.
Silvia Talaja bundled out Tian Tian Sun of China 6-2, 6-2 while Uzbek Iroda Tulyaganova outplayed Saori Obata of Japan 7-5, 6-3.
In doubles, India’s Manisha Malhotra and South African partner Kim Grant went down to Yulia Beygelzimer of Ukraine and Russia’s Anastassia Rodionova 6-7 (3-7), 4-6.
In another matches, Li Ting and Tian Tian defeated Andriana Serra Zanetti and Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy 6-2, 6-3, while Elena Likhovtseva of Russia and Tulyaganova overcame Japanese pair Akiko and Saori Obata 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.