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Kvitova Upsets Radwanska; All-Italian Semi Booked in Dubai

Caroline Wozniacki won a drama-filled battle to book her spot against Petra Kvitova in the semis of Dubai. The other semifinals will feature Italy's two best players.

By Erik Gudris

Petra Kvitova (February 21st, 2013) -- Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska won't have a chance to make it two titles in a row at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as she was upset by a former Wimbledon champion.

Instead it will be Petra Kvitova who racked up her usual high number of winners and misses that will be entering the semifinals. Kvitova hit 37 winners and 38 unforced errors compared to just six winners and seven unforced from Radwanska as Kvitova rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 win.

Waiting for Kvitova will be another former champion of the event in Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki was forced to grind it out for three sets against Marion Bartoli in a match that took a controversial turn early in the final set.

Down an early break in the third, Wozniacki asked for a coaching consult from her father Piotr Wozniacki. After the umpire called time, Wozniacki's father continued speaking with his daughter even as she walked over to the baseline.

Bartoli complained to the umpire who issued a coaching violation on Wozniacki. It didn't affect her though as she went on to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Afterwards Wozniacki in her press conference said about the incident with the umpire, "I didn't know if I talk to the coach it's a violation. I guess it's a new rule."

All-Italian Semifinal Between Errani and Vinci

They may be the No. 1 doubles team and best friends off the court, but Italy's Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will face off against each other in tomorrow's semi.

Vinci booked her spot after a rather easy dismissal of Sam Stosur in their quarterfinal. Vinci's steady play combined with multiple errors from the Australian resulted in a 6-2, 6-4 win for the Italian.

"It was a great match for me, a great performance," Vinci told WTA.com. "She has a great serve, a great kick serve, and for me it was difficult to return because I have a one-handed backhand. But today I played aggressively on the court when I could and it was a good game for me, just like it was yesterday."

Errani earned her spot into the semis after a protracted three set battle with Russia's Nadia Petrova. Despite dropping the second set 6-0, the Italian rallied to win 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Errani leads the overall head to head 4 to 2 and also won their last meeting in the quarterfinals of last year's U.S. Open.
(Photo Credit: AP/Varghese)

 

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