[Yahoo] Hewitt, Sharapova advance at Japan Open (AP)

Rusty Backhand
10-06-2004, 08:01 PM
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt both struggled to three-set victories at the Japan Open on Wednesday. Sharapova, seeded No. 1 and the defending champion in Tokyo, beat Samantha Stosur 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to get to the quarterfinals. She'll face 16-year-old Youlia Fedossova of France, a 6-3, 7-6 (2) winner over Akiko Morigami.