[Yahoo] Sharapova, Hingis advance in Japan (AP)

Rusty Backhand
02-02-2006, 09:16 AM
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova cruised past American Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to join to Martina Hingis in the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals. Sharapova, who opened her title defense after a first-round bye, will next face Samantha Stosur of Australia, who defeated sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 7-6 (5), 6-2.