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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-01-24

France's Marion Bartoli will play Serbian Jelena Jankovic in the Australian Open's fourth round. Also advancing were Frenchwoman Alizée Cornet and Russia's Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova.

Marat Safin's sister Dinara Safina is running into form as the Australian Open progresses. She whipped Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-2 as she stayed on track to meet Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the quarter finals.

The third seed came into the tournament after a breakthrough 2008 in which she snared four titles plus an Olympic silver medal, and made good on her stated intention of playing a more aggressive game this year.

"Finally I played my game," said Safina, 22. "Compared to my first two matches, I reached my level."

Top-seed Jelena Jankovic was made to work against Japan's Ayumi Morita, 10 years her senior, before grinding out a 6-4, 6-4 win.

"I have always had tough matches against her," Jankovic said. "She has a lot of experience and is a very solid player so I really had to work for every point."

The Serbian will next play France's Marion Bartoli, who beat the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova in three sets.

Also into the fourth round is Russia's Vera Zvonareva, with the seventh seed playing scintilating tennis. Tenth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova also went through.


Women's singles, 3rd round results :

Dinara Safina (RUS x3) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST x25) 6-2, 6-2

Nadia Petrova (RUS x10) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 6-1 retired

Vera Zvonareva (RUS x7) bt Sara Errani (ITA) 6-4, 6-1

Marion Bartoli (FRA x16) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Alize Cornet (FRA x15) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x19) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Jelena Jankovic (SRB x1) bt Ai Sugiyama (JPN x26) 6-4, 6-4

Date created : 2009-01-23

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