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David Nalbandian, Flavia Pennetta reach semifinals in Acapulco

David Nalbandian, Flavia Pennetta reach semifinals in Acapulco

Top seeds David Nalbandian and Flavia Pennetta each advanced in straight sets to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano on Thursday.
Nalbandian ran his winning streak to nine matches when he defeated eighth-seeded Potito Starace 6-3, 6-3, breaking the Italian three times and saving all three break points against him.
The victory was a lot easier than at the same stage a week ago, when Nalbandian came from behind in a three-setter against Starace in Buenos Aires en route to his eighth career title.
On the women's side, Pennetta notched her 300th win on the WTA Tour at the expense of eighth-seeded Edina Gallovits of Romania 7-6 (4), 6-1.
Pennetta has reached the Acapulco final every year since 2004, and won in 2005. In the semifinals she'll play No. 7 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, whom Pennetta beat in the Vina del Mar quarterfinals two weeks ago before claiming her fifth WTA title.
Kanepi edged Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6) despite 10 double faults.
Jill Craybas of the United States reached her second semifinals of the year when she eased past Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1.


Updated : 2021-03-04 15:18 GMT+08:00