Sampras, Hingis Speed Through to Quarterfinals

Published July 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Top seeds Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis both sped into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon Monday with easy wins. 

Defending champion Sampras, going for a record 13th Grand Slam title, gave not even the merest whiff of a chance to Jonas Bjorkman, trouncing the Swede 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in 1hr 35min on Center Court in an exhibition grass court showing which included 17 aces for good measure. 

Bjorkman had no answer to the six-time champion's all-round power game as Sampras showed he has completely recovered from last week's shin complaint which at one stage looked as if it might even force his withdrawal. 

"Today I was a lot more confident," said Sampras. "I was hitting the ball pretty well," said Sampras, who described his foot injury as merely "ok". 

Hingis had earlier turned in one of her best performances of the year to book the last eighth slot with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of German 11th seed Anke Huber. 

Swiss miss Hingis needed just 53min to set up a meeting with US fifth seed Venus Williams, who made hard work of reaching the last eight for the third straight year, ousting Belgium's Sabine Appelmans 6-4, 6-4. 

Hingis was unperturbed at the thought that she faces a tough run-in as she could face eighth seed and US Open champion Serena Williams if she ousts Venus. 

"You have to play against whoever is on the other side. We'll see how it goes tomorrow," said the 19-year-old. 

Williams said she didn't fear Hingis, even in the latter's current form. 

Younger sister Serena, the eighth seed and US Open champion, was much more impressive as she slaughtered Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-1, 6-1. 

Serena will now play compatriot Lisa Raymond, one of eight US women to make it to the last 16, who hammered Olga Barabanschikova of Belarus 6-4, 6-2. 

Spain's Magui Serna beat another American Lilia Osterloh 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in a tussle between two non-seeds. 

Serna will next tackle either Dokic or Kristina Brandi of the United States. 

"I was nervous thinking about closing in on the quarterfinals, but I feel great," smiled Serna, a 21-year-old from Las Palmas. 

There was a shock in the men's singles when qualifier Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus ousted experienced South African Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) in 1hr 45min to become the first man into the last eight. 

Ferreira, who had beaten Voltchkov in a Davis Cup match last year, ended the hopes of 1996 champion Richard Krajicek in the second round but this time Voltchkov, despite being outaced 18-6, was coolness personified as he swept through the first two sets. 

Unperturbed by the net's center tab breaking with him trailing 4-5 in the third, Voltchkov then swamped Ferreira in the tiebreak - (AFP) 

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