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Hantuchova, Bammer and Chakvetadze reach semifinals at the Bank of the West Classic

Hantuchova, Bammer and Chakvetadze reach semifinals at the Bank of the West Classic

Daniela Hantuchova celebrated her return to the world top-10 rankings by ending Belarusian qualifier Olgo Govortsova's surprising run in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic on Friday.
Third-seeded Hantuchova won 7-5, 6-3 for her second win over Govortsova in two months.
"She came out playing unbelievably," Hantuchova said. "I tried to hang in there and wait for my chances. I just wanted to be patient with her and make her play the ball. I kept doing the right things and I felt like I was putting more and more pressure on her as the match went on."
Hantuchova reached her fifth semifinal of the season and next faces top-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze, who advanced with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over seventh-seeded Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.
Hantuchova won her second career WTA title at Indian Wells, and was following the same routine this week. She arrived five days before the first round.
"I came here early and it's working out well," she said. "There's a professional approach to it to be in the best condition I possibly can."
The 18-year-old Govortsova, ranked No. 100, reached her second straight quarterfinal match in just her fifth main draw on the WTA Tour.
The Slovak ensured her return to the top 10 after a month out by reaching the quarterfinals. Hantuchova has peaked at No. 5 in 2003.
Eighth-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria also won her quarterfinal when she beat wild card Lilia Osterloh of the United States 6-2, 6-1. Before this year, Bammer had reached only one WTA Tour semifinal _ this week will be her fifth this year.
Bammer will face the winner of a later match between Swiss fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder and Sania Mirza of India.


Updated : 2021-10-24 10:16 GMT+08:00