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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday August 7, 2020

Top-seeded Petra Martic and fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit powered through to reach the semis of the Palermo Open on Friday, and they were joined by Italy’s Camila Giorgi and France’s Fiona Ferro.

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Martic, currently ranked 15, needed two hours and 18 to secure a hard-fought 7-5(5) 7-6(3) victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. 29-year-old Martic jumps to 9-5 on the season and will face Kontaveit in the semis.

The Croatian has now achieved a quarter-final or better in her last six clay-court events.

Kontaveit hammered 57 winners in a 6-1 4-6 6-1 win over 19-year-old Italian wild card Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

Kontaveit and Martic most recently met in the quarter-finals of Dubai in February, with the Croatian coming through in straights.

In the last match of the evening Italy’s Giorgi saved a pair of match points to defeat Yastremska 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3. The Italian saved the match points with Yastremska serving at 5-4 in the second set to avenge a first-round lost to the Ukrainian at Wimbledon last year.

Giorgi will face France’s Fiona Ferro in Saturday’s semi-finals.


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