The top half of the draw featured the number 4 seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic, who took on her countrywoman Vesna Dolonc, the qualifier who was having a great tournament. Having won three rounds in qualies, including taking out the number 3 and 5 seeds, Dolonc, who is ranked at 160, then defeated Galina Voskoboeva in three sets in the first round of the main draw, Simona Halep in the second round and made it into the quarters. Ivanovic had a bye in the first round and an easy straight sets win over qualifier Valeria Solovieva in the second round. Although Dolonc put up a fight in the first set, she ceded it 6-4 and Ivanovic raced through the second set 6-1 to end the qualifier’s great run and make it through to the semis in just over one hour on court.
The other semi was between top seed Sam Stosur and the unseeded Czech Klara Zakopalova. Stosur had a bye in the first round and played abysmally in her first match against Alize Cornet, scraping through 7-6 7-5 with a grand tally of 58 unforced errors. Zakapalova took out Alexandra Cadantu in straights in her first match and the tournament’s eighth seed Lucie Safarova, in the second round, also in straights. On Friday afternoon the Aussie was in much better form and cut down dramatically on her errors, and was overall just too strong for Zakopalova. She took this match 6-1 6-3 in just seven minutes over the hour, to set up a semi final match against Ivanovic.
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