EASTBOURNE (England) (AFP) French Open finalist Samantha Stosur reached the quarter-finals of the Eastbourne International Wednesday after a struggling comeback win over Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. It took fifth seed Kim Clijsters just 38 minutes to administer a 6-1, 6-0 defeat to Czech Lucie Safarova as the former world number one Belgian plays for the first time in seven weeks after a foot injury. The third seeded Stosur from Australia went down a break to the Slovak who quickly won the first set at Devonshire Park, with Stosur forced to battle to secure her place in the last eight at the last tune-up event prior to Wimbledon. Daniela is a good player and weve had some close matches, said the winner. (Windy) conditions were not easy today, it was tough to play your best. But we still had a good quality match. I made the semis here a few years ago and from then on grass started to feel good to me. The more matches I get on it, the better I feel. In my last two matches Ive really been playing well and Ive felt at my best. I hope I can play even better considering the year Ive had. Stosur said that she overcame challenges in the second set from low bounces and wind. They can leave you frustrated but I didnt dwell on it. To turn the match around after the second set shows that I know what I have to do. Stosur, still adjusting her game from clay to grass this week, came through with 13 aces to overcome Hantuchova, whom she has now beaten in their last four meetings following a loss in 2003. Stosur has reached the quarters or better at her last six events and will be aiming Thursday to repeat her 2008 semi-final showing on the English south coast. The seventh-ranked Australian saved ten of the 13 break points she faced off the Hantuchova racquet while breaking her opponent four times for her 34th win of the season. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ended the dream run of Florida-trained British teenager Heather Watson with a 6-1, 6-1 schooling of the 18-year-old. Elena Makarova beat fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-0. Clijsters was delighted with the form she is showing on the lawns. It was a good one, quick and perfect, she said of her rout. I didnt have to waste too much energy, Im surprised at how well Im playing. Today was better than yesterday (a 6-1, 6-1, sweep). Its a good feeling to have. Today I was focused on my shot after not quite feeling in balance yesterday. The serve and the next shot are so important on grass, I had to be extra-focussed against a lefty. I played her at the start of year. I know her game and could read her first serve well today. On the mens ATP side, French seeds doubled up for second-round wins, with number four Julien Benneteau putting out Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 and eighth seed Michael Llodra struggling past countryman Stephane Robert 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4.