TENNIS ROUNDUP : Top-Seeded Seles Wins in Florida

From Associated Press

Top-seeded Monica Seles of Yugoslavia cruised into the semifinals of the Eckerd Open Friday with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over No. 8-seeded Susan Sloane at Largo, Fla.

Seles will meet No. 3 Conchita Martinez of Spain, the defending champion, who beat Cammy MacGregor, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain also advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 6 Helen Kelesi of Canada. She will face No. 4 Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, who beat No. 7 Sandra Ceccini of Italy, 6-4, 6-2.

Three weeks ago in Houston, Maleeva beat Sanchez Vicario.

Seles, the world's third-ranked player, needed only 44 minutes to defeat Sloane, who was unable to hold serve in any of her seven service games. Seles, who has dropped only five games in three matches, won the last 17 points.

"Her serve didn't hurt me," said Seles, 16, who has won 13 consecutive matches. "I don't feel I'm playing that well, but I'm doing enough to win."

Top-seeded Jay Berger, the last of the seeded players, was ousted from the $260,000 Phillips Open by Andrei Cherkasov of the Soviet Union, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, at Nice, France.

Cherkasov, ranked 67th in the world, won 14 of the last 19 games.

In another quarterfinal, Juan Aguilera of Spain beat Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4.

The two remaining French players split. Guy Forget beat Goran Prpic of Yugoslavia, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, while 17-year-old Fabrice Santoro lost to Marc Rosset, a 19-year-old Swiss, 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.

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