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Benesova, Rybarikova into Hobart semis

Benesova, Rybarikova into Hobart semis

Iveta Benesova beat Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach a semifinal against 20-year-old Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova at the Hobart International.
"It's important for me to win a few matches at the beginning of the season," Czech Republic's Benesova said. "My game is going pretty good so far _ the semis here is not bad _ we'll see if it can be better."
Ranked 43rd at the end of 2008, Benesova is the highest-ranked player remaining in the tournament after all the seeded players were ousted in the first two rounds.
Rybarikova, who beat top-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the second round, followed with a 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7) quarterfinal win over Melinda Czink of Hungary.
Virginie Razzano of France was playing Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova and Czech Republic's Petra Kvitora was against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the other quarterfinals.


Updated : 2020-11-30 09:57 GMT+08:00