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Coetzer Advances to Quarterfinals

February 26, 1999

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Amanda Coetzer advanced to the quarterfinals of the IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Elena Wagner on Thursday.

Coetzer, the No. 3 seed from South Africa, connected on 35 of 53 first serves and took 72 minutes to dispatch her German challenger.

``I think I played a lot better (than Tuesday),″ Coetzer said. ``I made a few less errors and was more consistent. I felt pretty comfortable out there. I thought I served very well today and I’m happy about that as I have been working on my serve.″

Coetzer will next play Cara Black, who defeated Alexia Dechaume-Balleret 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) earlier Thursday.

``It feels nice to be in the quarterfinals,″ said Coetzer. ``Cara Black is a tough competitor and I’ll need to be on top of my game.″

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