Zvonareva licks Lisicki to reach quarters against Stosur

New York: Second seed Vera Zvonareva beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2 6-3 Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.

Zvonareva, runner-up at Flushing Meadows last year to Kim Clijsters, played a steady match from the baseline and picked her spots to charge the net in dismissing Lisicki, a semi-finalist this summer at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old Russian, who also reached last year`s Wimbledon final before bowing to Serena Williams, made just 11 unforced errors and converted 10 of 11 points she contested at the net.

"I think I played pretty consistent this match," Zvonareva said in an on-court interview. "I think I did everything right today."

Zvonareva advanced to a showdown against Australian Sam Stosur, a 6-2 6-7 6-3 winner over Russian Maria Kirilenko.

The ninth-seeded Stosur has won her last seven matches against Zvonareva after losing their first encounter.

"Actually, the last couple of times I played against Sam we played very tight matches," Zvonareva said. "We`ve always had tough ones.

"I think I`ll have to show my best tennis to beat her. I`m excited about the next challenge."

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