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Wozniacki makes semis in Istanbul

AFP, ISTANBUL, Turkey

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and 16-year-old Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh reached the Istanbul WTA semi-finals on Friday.

Konjuh defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to become the youngest player to reach a WTA semi-final since a 16-year-old Donna Vekic made the Tashkent final in 2012.

Awaiting Konjuh in the semi-finals is second seed Roberta Vinci, who enjoyed a 6-0, 6-2 win over sixth seed Kurumi Nara in just 49 minutes.

Wozniacki rallied past eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, while France’s Kristina Mladenovic won a two-hour, 23-minute marathon against former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been serving this week and it definitely helped me out there today,” Wozniacki said. “Karolina is a tough opponent and she always gives me a lot of trouble. I knew it was not going to be easy.”

SWEDISH OPEN

AP, BASTAD, Sweden

Mona Barthel of Germany beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 7-6 in the Swedish Open quarter-finals on Friday.

The 54th-ranked Kanepi was the highest-ranked player left in the tournament after early defeats for the top eight seeded players. Barthel won on the first of two match points.

Barthel, chasing her third WTA title, next plays Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Spaniard — a first-time finalist in Strasbourg in May — beat Russia’s Alexandra Panova 6-3, 6-2.

In the other quarter-finals, Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa defeated Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-4, 7-5.

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