Friday, May 20, 2011

Bartoli in first clay final in four years

Posted May 20, 2011 07:19:00

French top seed Marion Bartoli won through to her first red clay semi-final in four years when she beat Czech player Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-3 in the Strasbourg event overnight.

Standing between the top seed and her first clay final since Prague in 2007 is Spanish seventh seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, a three-time champion, who put out Croatia's Mirjana Lucic 6-4, 6-4.

Qualifier Lucic, 29, was playing her first WTA quarter-final since she went all the way to the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1999.

Friday's other semi-final pits German second seed Andrea Petkovic against Daniela Hantuchova, the Slovak sixth seed.

Petkovic defeated Russian fifth seed Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-3 while Hantuchova knocked out fourth seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-2.


Tags: sport, tennis, france

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