Sharapova advances to Stanford quarters

STANFORD, Calif. — Second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia set up a possible quarterfinal match with Serena Williams, beating Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Wednesday night at the Bank of the West Classic.

The fifth-ranked Sharapova, who reached the finals of Wimbledon, questioned an out call that would have ended the match. She regrouped and won the next two points to set up the possible match between two former world No. 1s.

"I feel great," Sharapova told the crowd as she left the court to a huge ovation.

Williams, playing in her first tournament on American soil since the 2009 U.S. Open, meets Maria Kirilenko this afternoon.

France's Marion Bartoli reached her seventh quarterfinal of the year, beating Rebecca Marino of Canada 6-4, 6-3.

The ninth-ranked Bartoli, who won this event two years ago, has won 18 of her last 21 matches.

"I love this tournament. It's a great way for me to start back," Bartoli said. "I lost to Rebecca last year in Quebec, so it was good for me to take revenge. I really felt like I was moving well. I was hitting the ball well for having three weeks off."

Marino, ranked 40th, beat Bartoli at Quebec City last year — her only win over a top-20 player.

In other matches, eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat American Christina McHale 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland topped Chinese Taipei's Kai-Chen Chang 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Farmers Classic

At Los Angeles, teenager Ryan Harrison continued his recent run of strong play by beating fellow American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals at the Farmers Classic.

Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan had the day's biggest upset, defeating No. 3 seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-4 to set up a matchup against Harrison, who is attempting to make consecutive semifinals appearances.

Harrison is coming off a strong showing in Atlanta, where he won three matches before falling to Mardy Fish. The 19-year-old's win over Russell was his third in four career tries.

Fish, the tournament's No. 1 seed, will play his first match today against Gilles Muller following a bye.

Croatia Open

At Umag, Croatia, defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain defeated third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.

Ferrero rallied from one set down and saved a break point at 3-3 in the second to change the course of the match and beat Ljubicic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ljubicic, playing for the first time in a month, impressed during the first set but could not keep up the pace and served poorly, with only 36 percent of his first serves in.

Ferrero will next play Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, who advanced after fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain withdrew because of a left calf injury.

Also Wednesday, Albert Ramos of Spain defeated Gianluca Naso of Italy 6-1, 6-3, and second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-1, 6-2.

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