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WTA: Hampton fightback sets up semi-final with Kaia Kanepi

AP, BRUSSELS

Jamie Hampton of the US came from behind for the third day in a row to reach the semi-finals of the Brussels Open, beating second seed Roberta Vinci 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday.

After beating Belgians Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens in tense three-setters early in the week, the 68th-ranked Hampton again refused to crumble in the cold and wet conditions against the Italian.

The victory earned the 23-year-old her first premier event semi-final against Kaia Kanepi.

The Estonian beat seventh seed Varvara Lepchenko of the US 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4).

In the other semi-final, Romina Oprandi of Switzerland plays eighth seed Peng Shuai of China, the only seeded player left in the event.

STRASBOURG

AP, STRASBOURG, France

Third seed Alize Cornet will take on last year’s runner-up Lucie Hradecka in the final of the Strasbourg International.

France’s Cornet edged Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, while Hradecka of the Czech Republic rallied to beat Italian qualifier Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in Friday’s other semi-final.

Earlier on Friday, Pennetta dismissed Misaki Doi of Japan 7-5, 6-3, while Hradecka beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-5, 6-3.

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