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Molik survives as fellow seeds bow out

17/04/2003 06:14:07 AM Comments (0)

Australian Alicia Molik survived an upset riddled day to cruise into the Budapest Grand Prix quarterfinals.

Third seed Molik made short work of her second round assignment, downing France's Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1 6-2 to gain a place in the final eight.

But it was a different story for her fellow seeds.

In first round action, Slovakian Henrieta Nagyova, the fourth seed, was upset by Argentine qualifier Gisela Dulko 5-7 6-1 6-2 and No.7 Cristina Torrens Valero of Spain, a finalist here in 1999, crashed out 6-2 6-0 to local favourite Petra Mandula.

And in the second round, Czech sixth seed Klara Koukalova was bounced out 6-3 6-1 by Maria Sanchez Lorenzo of Spain while No.8 Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy succumbed to Slovakian Ludmila Cervanova 6-1 6-1.

Top seed Iva Majoli of Croatia also had to dig in before defeating Andreea Vanc of Romania 4-6 7-5 7-5 Wednesday in her first round clash at the $US110,000 ($A182,000) Budapest Grand Prix.

The third set looked like a formality after the 1997 French Open champion rushed to a 5-0 lead, but the unseeded Romanian won the following five games before Majoli finally managed to wrap up the match.

Second-seeded Magui Serna of Spain, winner of the Estoril Open last week, advanced to the second round with a 6-4 6-2 win over Germany's Angelika Roesch.

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