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Rubin Advances at Bell Challenge

November 2, 2000

QUEBEC (AP) _ Chanda Rubin believes the third time will be a charm.

The right-hander from Lafayette, La., advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bell Challenge tennis tournament Wednesday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over fellow American Jennifer Hopkins.

Rubin has reached the final here the last two years, only to lose both times.

``I hope that my third try in the finals will go well,″ said Rubin, who is ranked 14th in the world. ``But I’ve got two more matches to play before I get there.″

Others posting second-round victories were Amy Frazier, over fellow American Tara Snyder, the 1998 Bell Challenge champion, 6-4, 6-1; Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus, 6-1, 6-0 over Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia; and Sonya Jeyaseelan of Canada, 7-6 (4), 6-4 over American Meghann Shaughnessy.

Jeyaseelan is on track to meet Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals.

``I’ve never played against Capriati,″ Jeyaseelan said. ``But I’ve got nothing to lose.″

Julie Halard-Decugis won a first-round match, defeating American Holly Parkinson 6-0, 6-2.

``I didn’t get into Quebec from Moscow until Monday night,″ Halard-Decugis said. ``I was tired but I was ready for a solid tournament.

``I need to get points to qualify for the championship at the end of the season in New York.″

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