Top seeded Kuznetsova, Safarova in semis of Prague Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 29, 2016 11:27 AM
Top seeded Kuznetsova, Safarova in semis of Prague Open
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PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to defeat Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and advance to the Prague Open semifinals on Thursday

The Russian, seeking her second title of the year, will play fourth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia, who beat fifth-seeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4).

Stosur wasted two match points at 5-4 in the final set, and another at 6-5, before prevailing in the tiebreaker.

Second-seeded Lucie Safarova extended her resurgence into the semifinals by fighting past unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Coming back from a bacterial infection last year, Safarova didn't win a singles this season before claiming three in a row in Prague.

She improved her record against Hsieh to 2-0 but knew it wouldn't come easy.

"She's always a very tricky player, defending the court very well, and I'm very excited to be through to the semis," Safarova said.

She will face defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who cruised past Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-1.

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