AP, HOBART, Australia
Mona Barthel of Germany extended her defense of the Hobart International title to the semi-finals after beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3 yesterday.
Barthel will play Kirsten Flipkens next after the Belgian beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens advanced by downing fellow American qualifier Lauren Davis 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and will play Elena Vesnina of Russia in today’s other semi-final. Vesnina played better in windy conditions to top wild card Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3, 6-2.