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PATTAYA CITY, THAILAND (TICKER) -- Defending champion Anne Kremer of Luxembourg earned her third straight quarterfinals berth Wednesday at the $110,000 Volvo Women's Open tennis event.

Kremer, the fourth seed, posted a 6-2, 7-5 win over Martina Sucha of Slovakia.

A finalist here in 1999, Kremer is gunning for her third consecutive appearance in the final at the Dusit Resort Pattaya. She won her second career WTA title a year ago with a straight-sets victory over Russian Tatiana Panova.

Panova, the fifth seed, also advanced Wednesday. The 25-year-old Moscow resident was leading her second-round encounter with Sandra Kleinova, 7-5, 1-1, when the Czech was forced to retire.

Kremer has yet to win a tournament this year after claiming two titles in 2000. Her best outing came in April, when she was the runner-up at the Budapest Open claycourt event at Hungary.

Kremer's potential path to the final appears easier after Tuesday, when top seed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, a winner of two tournaments this year, was shocked by Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine in the first round.

But Kremer must traverse a tricky quarterfinal matchup on Friday against No. 7 Patty Schnyder of Austria, who recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Eva Dyrberg of Denmark.

Schnyder also has reached one singles final in 2001, falling to Tulyaganova in the title match of the UNIQA Grand Prix at Vienna, Austria in July.

In the other half of the draw, Panova meets Belarus' Tatiana Poutchek in the quarterfinals. The 22-year-old edged Japan's Saori Obata, 7-5, 7-5.

The champion pockets $16,000.

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