Ashleigh Barty advances in Stuttgart By Reuters

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The highest two seeds, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Romania’s Simona Halep, respectively, scored quarterfinal victories Friday and moved on to the semifinal spherical on the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine joined them, advancing previous seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2.

Svitolina wanted two hours, 37 minutes to win the match, saving 13 of 16 break factors (81.3 %).

The No. 5 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus will meet Halep after profitable a three-set marathon in two hours, 28 minutes, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.

Halep cruised previous Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-1, 6-4, saving eight of 10 break factors whereas profitable 70 % on her first serve.

Barty struggled to maneuver previous the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, profitable 2-6, 6-1, 7-5. Pliskova was good in break factors however had solely three such alternatives the complete match.

Within the decisive third set with Pliskova serving, Barty received 13 of 18 second-serve factors whereas Pliskova managed to win solely 5 of 15 factors off Barty’s second serves.

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Prime-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium defeated unseeded Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals the place she’ll meet third-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia.

Kudermetova took down Ana Bogdan of Romania 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The opposite semifinal incorporates a pair of unseeded gamers.

Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk beat Ana Konjuh of Croatia 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, whereas Romania’s Sorana Cirstea superior after profitable the primary set, 6-4, towards France’s Fiona Ferro (NYSE:) who needed to retire.

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