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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Ticker) -- Fourth-seeded Sandrine Testud of France moved into the quarterfinals for just the second time this year with a win Tuesday at the $585,000 Dubai Women's Open.

Testud, who entered this tournament with a 3-5 record in 2001, got past Italy's Rita Grande, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, in the only second-round match Tuesday. Testud, who also reached the quarterfinals at Tokyo Pan Pacific, improved to 4-1 lifetime against Grande.

The 29-year-old Testud received a bye in the first round as did top seed Venus Williams of the United States, American second seed Monica Seles and third-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo.

Sixth-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand improved to 13-4 this year as she got past Slovakia's Martina Sucha, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, in a first-round match. Tanasugarn was runner-up to Seles in Canberra last week.

Seventh seed Angeles Montolio of Spain also needed three sets to get past France's Camile Pin, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi defeated Australian Nicole Pratt, 6-4, 6-3, and Russia's Anna Kournikova posted a 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tunisia's Selima Sfar.

In other first-round matches, Slovakia's Janetta Husarova beat Indonesia's Angelique Widjaja, 6-1, 6-4; Italian Tathiana Garbin defeated Belarus' Tatiana Poutchek, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; and Croatia's Jelena Kostinic got by Hungary's Petra Mandula, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Williams captured her WTA Tour-leading third title on Sunday when she defeated Justin Henin of Belgium, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, in the final of the Proximus Diamond Games at Antwerp, Belgium. She faces Kournikova in the second round and will pass Jennifer Capriati as the No. 1 woman when the rankings come out next week.

The 21-year-old American opened the year with a victory at Gold Coast, Australia and claimed the Open Gaz de France in Paris two weeks ago. She is 15-1 in 2002, with her lone defeat coming to countrywoman Monica Seles in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last month.

Seles also is coming off a tournament triumph. She captured her 52nd career title with a straight-sets victory over Tanasugarn on Sunday in the Qatar Open.

The 28-year-old is within three titles of Britain's Virginia Wade for seventh place on the WTA list of most career tournament victories in the Open era (since 1968).

Seles, who finished last year with a flourish by capturing three straight crowns, is 18-4 this season, reaching at least the semifinals in all four events she has played this year. She faces Garbin in the second round.

The champion collects $93,000.
 
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