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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 February, 2004, 19:58 GMT
Farina Elia into last eight
Silvia Farina Elia
Farina Elia could face Kim Clijsters
Silvia Farina Elia set up a potential quarter-final meeting with top seed Kim Clijsters by easing past Tina Pisnik 6-0 6-4 in the Paris Open first round.

The Italian seventh seed broke Pisnik immediately and wrapped up the first set in only 23 minutes.

The battering continued in the second and Elia will now face Clijsters or Maria Sanchez Lorenz in the last eight.

Russia's Elena Bovina beat Anabel Medina Garrigui 4-6 6-2 6-4 to set up a clash with fourth seed Jelena Dokic.

Russian second seed Elena Dementieva survived a scare against French wildcard Stephanie Cohen-Aloro before advancing to the quarter-finals.

Dementieva gave an error-strewn performance before scraping past Cohen-Aloro, the world number 80, 7-5 1-6 6-4.

"It wasn't my best match that's for sure," said world number eight Dementieva.

"I was a bit nervous because it was my first match and Stephanie played at a very high level. But I'm happy to be through to the quarter-finals and hope to do better later this week."

France's Mary Pierce overcame a rusty start in her first match of the season before dispatching Spanish lucky loser Arantxa Parra 7-5 6-2.

Former French and Australian Open champion Pierce, the 1998 winner of the Paris Open, lost two service games and was trailing 1-5 before winning six games in a row to take the first set.

She took control of the second after breaking early and took the tie in 69 minutes.

"I think the fact that I hadn't played a match in a few months and was playing in Paris I was a little tense and made a lot of faults.

"Then I calmed down and it went better," said 29-year-old Pierce.

She next meets Spanish eighth seed Magui Serna for a place in the quarter-finals.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia advanced after France's Sandrine Testud, who was making her comeback after giving birth 12 months ago, retired with stomach pains while trailing 5-3 in the first set.

Hantuchova meets French teenager Tatiana Golovin in the second round.




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