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Top seed Petrova eases past Czink into semi-finals

AFP , QUEBEC CITY, CANADA

Top seed Nadia Petrova and sixth seed Bethanie Mattek advanced to the semi-finals of the US$175,000 WTA Quebec Challenge with straight-set victories on Friday.

Russia’s Petrova defeated Hungary’s Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-4, while Mattek eliminated fellow American Melanie Oudin 7-6 (9/7), 6-1.

Petrova, who has dropped just 14 games in three triumphs this week, seeks her second title of the season after capturing the crown at Cincinnati in August. Petrova’s semi-final foe will be US lucky loser Angela Haynes, who defeated France’s Nathalie Dechy 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

Haynes, playing in her first WTA quarter-final, made the draw when Italian second seed Flavia Pennetta pulled out and rallied to deny unseeded Dechy her third career semi-final at the Quebec event. Mattek will next face fifth seed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, who defeated Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2.

No Canadian has ever reached the final in 15 years of playing at Quebec, but Wozniak, 21, became the first Canadian in 20 years to win a WTA title when she broke through at Stanford earlier this year as a qualifier.

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