Tennis-Holder Safina beats Razzano to reach last eight in Paris

PARIS, Feb 8 - Russian Dinara Safina remained on
course to retain her title, taming France's Virginie Razzano 6-4
6-3 on Wednesday to reach the women's Paris Open quarter-finals.

The seventh seed will take on the winner of Thursday's
second-round match between compatriot Vera Dushevina and
top-seed Amelie Mauresmo.

The French woman is returning to action after she clinched
her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne last month.

Fifth-seed Elena Dementieva took less than an hour to beat
Swedish qualifier Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-2 and cruise into the
second round.

Dementieva arrived in Paris on Monday after winning in Tokyo
at the weekend.

"I was a little bit tired," the world number eight said.
"It's tough to play when you are jet-lagged. I hope it will be
better tomorrow. What I want right now is to take a nap."

Dementieva will face France's Nathalie Dechy who humbled
compatriot Marion Bartoli 6-0 6-2 for her first victory this

"I came here chasing for a success," Dechy said. "I knew
that my game was improving but I needed a win. I served rather
well today."