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Soderling advances in Brisbane International

Associated Press
Jan 06, 2011 at 04:47pm IST

Brisbane: Top-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden held on to beat Michael Berrer of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International.

Soderling saved both break points he faced against the left-handed Berrer. His next opponent will be Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, who defeated eighth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-4.

Earlier, former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli of France beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 to reach the women's semifinals.

Soderling advances in Brisbane International

Top-seeded Soderling saved both break points he faced against Germany's Berrer.

The fourth-seeded Bartoli trailed 2-1 in the first set before winning the next eight games. She will next face either Jarmila Groth or Andrea Petkovic.

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