Schnyder Advances at Bank of West

July 27, 2005 08:30 PM
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) --
Patty Schnyder advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic, rallying in the second set to beat 30th-ranked Marion Bartoli 6-4, 7-5 Wednesday.

Schnyder had 11 aces and won 70 percent of her first serves. She overcame a 5-2 deficit against Bartoli, who was treated for left knee tendinitis between sets.

Bartoli won the first three games of the second set before fading.

"My serve was on,'' Schnyder said. "She struggled a bit with her reach, but I am happy with the way I played.''

In the 10th game, Schnyder ran down a shot in the corner and dropped it over the net en route to a 5-all tie. She finished off Bartoli with an ace.

Bartoli started the season 15-7, but has since lost eight of her last 12 matches.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Nathalie Dechy downed Lisa Raymond 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic beat Amy Frazier 6-0, 6-3.

The third-seeded Schnyder, who reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, has won four of her nine matches against top 10 players this season. In May, she beat Maria Sharapova in Rome before losing to Amelie Mauresmo in a three-set final.

She's been pleased with her progress, but wants to reach a Grand Slam final.

"I can feel it happening,'' Schnyder said. "I (could) tell after I lost in the French Open to Mary Pierce. She had an unbelievable run and I played close. But close is not good enough for me. I want to get to a final.''

The 12th-ranked Schnyder has won 39 matches this season, second only to Sharapova.