Top seed and two-time defending champion Vera Zvonareva of Russia, defeated Peng Shuai of China, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a hard-fought quarter-final at the Pattaya Open yesterday.
Joining her in the last four were No. 8 seed Sara Errani of Italy — who beat unseeded Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, — Roberta Vinci and Daniela Hantuchova.
Italy’s Vinci beat second seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 7-5, 6-3, while Slovakia’s Hantuchova downed Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-0.
In the doubles competition, Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen and Sania Mirza of India defeated Japanese-Italian duo Kimiko Date-Krumn and Romina Oprandi 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals.
Fourth-seeded Chang and Mirza will play top-seeded Errani and Vinci in the semis.
In yesterday evening’s other semi, Taiwanese sisters Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching played Zheng Jie and Sun Shengnan of China.
The Taiwanese pair were a set down at press time.
Reuters, ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands
Defending champion Robin Soderling came within a point of losing to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the World Indoor tournament on Thursday before sealing a quarter-final spot with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 victory.
The top-seeded Swede needed two hours and 22 minutes to finally subdue the tricky Kohlschreiber and join powerful Czech Tomas Berdych in the last eight of the indoor event.
Berdych, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, edged past Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The experienced Tursunov grabbed his one break point chance of the match to extend the contest into a deciding set and Berdych was relieved to scrape through.
Soderling saved a match point at 6-7 down in the third set tiebreak against Kohlschreiber before sealing victory, his first against the German, when his opponent netted a forehand.
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis also reached the last eight as he followed his impressive win over Andy Murray on Wednesday with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
Croatian Ivan Ljubicic brushed aside French qualifier Benoit Paire 6-0, 6-4.