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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. Nalbandian also beat Starace in last week's quarterfinals at Buenos Aires, where the Argentine won his eighth career title.
On Friday he'll play unseeded Luis Horna, who beat his doubles partner Agustin Calleri 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a match also between past champions. Peru's Horna won the title in 2006, and Argentina's Calleri in 2003.
It was also their fourth match this year, with the score at 2-2. Calleri leads overall 5-4. They won their maiden doubles title together in Buenos Aires last week.
Horna won his only previous ATP-level match against Nalbandian at 2007 Buenos Aires.
Jose Acasuso, beaten by Nalbandian in the Buenos Aires final last Sunday, progressed to the last four with a 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over qualifier Marcel Granollers-Pujol of Spain.
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 : 2021-05-18 00:02 GMT+08:00