Mauresmo rolls into Eastbourne semis

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Eastbourne, England (Sports Network) - French star was among Thursday's quarterfinal winners at the $585,000 Hastings Direct International Championships. The top-seeded Mauresmo mauled eighth-seeded Bulgarian 6-4, 6-3 to set-up a semifinal showdown with capable Slovakian , a 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) upset winner against third-seeded Japanese .

Mauresmo is 2-1 lifetime against the up-and-down Hantuchova, but they've never met on grass and haven't faced each other in two years.

Friday's other semifinal will pit second-seeded against fourth-seeded fellow Russian . Kuznetsova advanced with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 decision against Slovenian , while Zvonareva zipped past Spaniard Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-3, 6-0 on the grass at Devonshire Park International Tennis Centre.

Kuznetsova and Zvonareva have split two career meetings, but Kuznetsova is 1-0 this season, her breakthrough one on the WTA Tour.

The winner of this final Wimbledon tune-up will pocket $93,000.

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