Two Through to Strasbourg Semis
Published May 20, 2010 12:00
STRASBOURG, France - Two unlikely players secured semifinal spots Friday at a rain-interrupted Internationaux de Strasbourg, while the two seeded players left still have some work cut out for them to reach the final four.
Kristina Barrois was one of those getting through, as she topped seventh-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, 61 75. The closest Barrois came to trouble was when she went down 4-2 in the second set, but she quickly regained control and secured her first-ever Sony Ericsson WTA Tour semifinal appearance. Her best results had been two quarterfinal showings, one of them here last year. The defeat snapped Sevastova's seven-match winning streak, which consisted of five victories en route to her first Tour singles title in Estoril and two here.
Up next for Barrois is fellow unseeded player Vania King, who edged Anastasia Rodionova, 64 75, her fourth win in five career matches with the Australian. She was a break down twice in the first and second sets, but rallied in both cases. She has yet to drop a set in three matches this week, a far cry from her form entering this event, as she had lost five of her previous six matches. This is the furthest the American has gone in a Tour event since capturing her lone title at Bangkok in 2006.
As for the suspended matches, No.1 seed Maria Sharapova was up 3-2 but on serve against Julie Goerges, and No.5 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues had just taken the first set, 6-2, versus Sofia Arvidsson when the rain came. Those matches will resume Friday, with the semifinals later in the day.