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Stosur on track with preparation

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Friday, May 11, 2012

MADRID - Samantha Stosur's French Open preparations have been boosted as she booked her place in the the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters with a 6-3 6-2 win over Petra Cetkovska of Czech Republic on Wednesday.

The US Open champion will now face either No.3 seed Petra Kvitova or Maria Kirilenko for a place in the semi-finals.

China's French Open winner Li Na is also through to the last eight, beating 12th seed Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-4.

Kerber went down in 85 minutes to Li, who is building momentum on clay as she prepares to defend her title at Roland Garros from May 27.

Li reached the Stuttgart quarter-finals last month in her season debut on the surface.

The winner broke three times on the way to victory, where she will await either top seed Victoria Azarenka or Serb Ana Ivanovic.

In the second round on the blue clay of the Caja Magica, Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska put an end to the 16-match win streak on clay of Sara Errani with a 6-0 6-1 thrashing in 65 minutes. Roberta Vinci struck a blow for Italy after Errani's loss, sending out Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-2.

Errani was fresh from the clay title in Budapest at the weekend.

In the men's second round, there was a home win for fifth seed David Ferrer, who beat Czech Radek Stepanek 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Barcelona finalist Ferrer worked for just under 90 minutes for his opening win of the week as he tries to improve on the best season of his life.


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