Wawrinka into Kuala Lumpur quarters

9:09 AM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sports Network) - U.S. Open semifinalist Stanislas Wawrinka was among Thursday's second-round winners at the $875,500 Malaysian Open tennis event.

The second-seeded Swiss slugger took care of 2011 Kuala Lumpur runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 7-5 on the hardcourts at Putra Indoor Stadium.

In other action involving seeds, 32-year-old No. 4 Jurgen Melzer of Austria handled German qualifier and fellow left-hander Mischa Zverev 7-5, 6-4 and No. 5 Frenchman Julien Benneteau topped Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6 (10-8), 6-2. Benneteau was last year's runner-up here to Argentine Juan Moanco.

Another second-round result saw surging Portuguese Joao Sousa overcome Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. The 77th-ranked Sousa is seeking his second semifinal in as many weeks. He'll face top seed David Ferrer in Friday's quarterfinals.

The 2013 Malaysian Open champion will claim $158,000.

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