Bondarenko Bounces Back
Published July 10, 2009 08:34
BUDAPEST, Hungary - A day after a series of marathon matches at the $220,000 GDF SUEZ Grand Prix, each of Friday's quarterfinal winners advanced in straight sets.
No.6 seed Alona Bondarenko got revenge against Shahar Peer after dropping her last two matches against the Israeli, most recently in Fed Cup play earlier this year, with a 75 61 victory. Peer, now 3-2 against Bondarenko, upended No.2 seed Alizé Cornet in the previous round. Bondarenko, who also won a semifinal doubles match Friday with sister Kateryna, will have to get past Agnes Szavay to reach her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour final of 2009, having been a runner-up in Warsaw. Her only career Tour singles title came in 2006 in Luxembourg.
The fourth-seeded Szavay secured a semifinal spot in this event for the second time, after also reaching the final four in 2007, by putting an end to the run of qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, 62 63. This is the furthest the 20-year-old Hungarian, who is seeking her third Tour singles title, has advanced in any tournament this year.
On the bottom half of the draw, Edina Gallovits, who upended No.3 seed Sybille Bammer in the second round, downed qualifier Petra Martic, 63 76(6). The Romanian needs one more win here to match her career-best Tour singles result, a runner-up showing in Barcelona in 2007. Her opponent is yet to be determined, as the match between No.1 seed Patty Schnyder and No.5 seed Alisa Kleybanova was suspended by rain with the Swiss up, 4-3, in the first set. That match will be finished Saturday, followed by the two semifinals.