The semi finals of the KDB Korea Open tournament being played this week in Seoul as part of the Asian swing of the WTA tour were decided on Saturday afternoon. In the first semi, top seed Aga Radwanska (Player Profile) took on the challenge of the young up and coming Spaniard, Lara Arruabarrena (Player Profile), now ranked at 113. Radwanska lost a total of just nine games in her first three rounds, while her opponent took out 5th seeded Elina Svitolina in three sets in the first round, won another tough three setter in the second round and then had an easy straight sets win in the quarters. The Pole won their only previous contest with ease in 2012 on clay, but the surface made no difference in the final outcome of this match, as she rolled past the Spaniard 6-0 6-2 in just an hour and four minutes.
In contrast, the second semi between 3rd seeded and 32nd ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Player Profile) and Francesca Schiavone (Player Profile), now ranked at 56, was a cliff hanger from beginning to end. Pavlyuchenova battled through a three setter in her first round match, followed by two easy straight sets wins on her route through to the semis. Schiavone defeated 7th seed Andrea Petkovic in three sets in the first round and fought through another two three setters against Virginie Razzano and Kimiko Date-Krumm respectively to get to the semis. The players went toe to toe in the first set all the way to a breaker, which the Russian eventually won 13-11. The second set went the same way, again to a breaker, which Pavlyuchenova took 8-6 to complete her victory in two hours and twenty three minutes of exciting tennis.