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Zvonareva advances to Pattaya semifinals

Zvonareva advances to Pattaya semifinals

Two-time defending champion Vera Zvonareva of Russia stepped closer to a hat-trick of titles Friday at the Pattaya Women's Open by beating China's Peng Shuai 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
The third-ranked Zvonareva secured a break in the ninth game to gain the upper hand for the first time at 5-4 in the first set. The top-seeded Russian then generated an early break in the second set to lead 3-1 but her 40th-ranked opponent broke back in the next game to stay in the match and went on to lead 5-4. She leveled the tie after the Russian served a double fault on set point.
In the decisive set, Zvonareva broke at the first opportunity and led 3-1 but then handed it back in the fifth game. At 4-3, Peng had a double break point at 40-15 on the Russian's serve but allowed the Russian to hold the crucial game.
Zvonareva regained her composure to break for 5-4 and then saved two break points to win the match in 2 hours, 27 minutes.
She will take on fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who earlier beat Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2, 6-0, in Saturday's semifinal.
"I'd told myself come on, go for it, and luck was on my side. It was just a few points that was there and there. I could have lost the match. I'm happy that I could turn it around," said Zvonareva.
Eighth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy rallied to beat Kazakh qualifier Galina Voskoboeva 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 56 minutes.
"The court is fast which is difficult for me. I prefer a slow surface, but I like the warm weather," said the 44th-ranked Errani, who will next play fellow Italian, fifth-seeded Roberta Vinci, who upset second-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 7-5, 6-3.


Updated : 2021-10-23 13:15 GMT+08:00