Bartoli stamps authority in Brisbane

Brisbane: Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli stamped her authority on the Brisbane International tennis tournament when she downed Iveta Benesova on Wednesday to move into the quarter-finals.

Bartoli, at No.4 the highest remaining women`s seed, came back from losing the second set to Benesova to run out a comfortable 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 winner.

The Frenchwoman was runner-up in Brisbane in 2009 but has a good chance to go one better this year following the early demises of Samantha Stosur, Shahar Peer and Nadia Petrova.

She had Benesova on the ropes after dominating the first set, but conceded she was then outplayed by the Czech in the second.

But at the start of the third Benesova had a close line call go against her on break point and seemed to lose focus thereafter, repeatedly smashing her racquet into the ground and bickering with the umpire throughout the set.

Bartoli promptly took control to move into a quarter-final against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who earlier brushed aside Australian wildcard Sally Peers 6-4, 6-1.

"The first set I played absolutely amazingly -- I was hitting the ball really hard and she didn`t have any time to react," Bartoli said.

"Then in the second set she started to play really well also, it was not like I went down, she just played too well. Sometimes that happens."

"But at the start of the third set I started to play well again and she went off her game."

Meanwhile Germany`s Andrea Petkovic ruthlessly ended Jelena Dokic`s hopes when she demolished the Australian 6-0, 6-1 in only 46 minutes.

Petkovic was in complete control throughout and it came as a complete surprise when Dokic broke the German`s serve towards the end of the second set.

But Petkovic, the world No.32, hit back immediately to break straight back and wrap up a one-sided victory.

"I felt my movement was pretty good and that`s always an important part of my game," Petkovic said.

In other matches Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Russia`s Ksenia Pervak 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 while Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova swept past Italy`s Roberta Vinci 6-2, 7-5.

Bureau Report

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