Top-seeded Kim Clijsters needed just 39 minutes to beat Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 6-0 Thursday and reach the Gaz de France quarterfinals.
In her first match since losing the Australian Open final, Clijsters showed little sign of the left ankle injury that hampered her in Melbourne.
“I felt nothing,” said Clijsters, who had tape on her ankle. “I played really well.”
Her next match comes against seventh-seeded Silvia Farina Elia, who beat Tina Pisnik.
Two seeded players lost. Dinara Safina beat No. 3 Patty Schnyder 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Elena Bovina defeated No. 4 Jelena Dokic, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0.
Dokic was two points from victory at 5-5 in the tiebreaker.
“I should have won it right there,” Dokic said. “It was just one of those days.”
In the quarterfinals, Safina plays No. 5 Francesca Schiavone, who eliminated Karolina Sprem 7-6 (4), 6-3. Bovina meets two-time major champion Mary Pierce, who beat No. 8 Magui Serna 6-2, 6-4.
French teen Tatiana Golovin moved into a quarterfinal against second-seeded Elena Dementieva when Daniela Hantuchova withdrew from the tournament, citing an upper respiratory infection.
Ivanisevic loses in second round at Milan
Goran Ivanisevic’s comeback tournament ended with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4) second-round loss to Tommy Robredo at the Milan Indoors on Thursday.
Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, was playing in his first event in eight months after a series of injuries. He slammed 22 aces — one on a second serve — but had problems when Robredo forced him to move along the baseline.
“I felt no pain. I’m physically fit. I’m ready,” Ivanisevic said.
Robredo, seeded third, advanced to a quarterfinal against Mario Ancic, who beat Spanish teen Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-2.
In other action, 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson reached the quarterfinals by defeating Raemon Sluiter 6-3, 6-3. Johansson, who missed all of last season because of knee surgery, next faces Karol Kucera, a 6-2, 6-1 winner over seventh-seeded Sargis Sargsian.
Defending champion Martin Verkerk beat Nicolas Escude 6-3, 6-4 and will play Gregory Carraz for a semifinal spot.
After 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday, citing a lower back injury.
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