2
0
1

Bondarenko Bounces Back

Alona Bondarenko broke a two-match losing streak to Shahar Peer to advance to the semis.

Published July 10, 2009 08:34

Bondarenko Bounces Back
Alona Bondarenko

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.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Sharapova Books Quarterfinal Spot

    October 01, 2014
    Maria Sharapova survived a second set revival from Carla Suárez Navarro to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.
  • Kvitova Vs Venus: The Rematch

    October 01, 2014
    In her first match since qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, Petra Kvitova beat Peng Shuai - and set up a Wimbledon rematch.
  • Wozniacki's Singapore Hopes On Hold

    October 01, 2014
    Sam Stosur saved five set points in a dramatic second set tie-break to close out Caroline Wozniacki at the China Open. Can the Dane still qualify for Singapore this week?
To The Top
3