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Verdasco dedicates win to plane crash victims

Verdasco dedicates win to plane crash victims

Top-seeded Fernando Verdasco won his quarterfinal at the Pilot Pen Thursday, beating Mischa Zverev 6-2, 7-6 (4).
The Spaniard said he was still mourning the death of the 153 people who died in the crash of a Spanair Flight at Madrid's Barajas Airport on Wednesday.
"I want to dedicate my victory today to all the victims and all the families of the victims in the flight in Madrid yesterday, and send them all of my support and everything of me that I can help for them," said Verdasco, who lives in Madrid. "It is my hometown and when this thing happened I felt so bad yesterday and today."
Verdasco, ranked No. 13 by the ATP, advanced to his fourth tour semifinal of the season and will face eighth-seeded Mardy Fish, a 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over fellow American Jesse Levine.
There were two upsets in the women's draw.
Second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Alize Cornet, who played with an injured left quadriceps muscle.
"It's good because I won the match without playing my best level," Cornet said. "So, it means I can do better."
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated third-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-0.
"I played really well today," said Wozniacki, who will face Cornet in the semifinals. "In the second set I just fought one point at a time. Everything was going my way."
Bartoli, who is ranked No. 13 by the WTA Tour, is winless in three matches against Wozniacki.
"She is a really consistent player," Bartoli said. "She doesn't give you any points, especially on hardcourts. She just played better than me today."
The women's top seed, Anna Chakvetadze, defeated Sorana Cirstea of Romania in her quarterfinal match 6-3, 6-3 to advance to her third semifinal of the year on the WTA Tour.
"It was a little tough conditions," Chakvetadze said. "It was too hot. In the beginning of the second set I felt a little dizzy, but then I was fighting until the end. That's why I won."
Chakvetadze will face the winner of Thursday night's match between Amelie Mauresmo of France and Hungary's Anges Szavay.
On the men's side, qualifier Luka Gregorc of Slovakia also advanced to the semifinals, defeating seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, and will play the winner of Thursday's second night match between Croatian Marin Cilic and Russian Igor Andreev.


Updated : 2021-02-25 22:47 GMT+08:00