Top seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni completed the semifinal line-up at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel with a straightforward win over Pauline Parmentier with No.7 seed Lesia Tsurenko next up.
WTA Staff

ACAPULCO, Mexico - Australian Open semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni closed out quarterfinals night at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, dispatching French veteran Pauline Parmentier, 6-2, 6-3, to advance into her second straight semifinal in what has been a stunning start to her season.

"I feel great," the top seed said after the match. "I played a solid match and that was good enough to win. I'm very excited to be in the semifinals, for sure."

Playing her first tournament since earning a pair of Top 5 wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal since 1999, the Croatian veteran was also enjoying her first WTA event as a No.1 seed - even trying her hand at traditional guacamole

Into the semifinals without dropping a set, she showed off her signaure firepower to knock out Parmentier in just over an hour behind 22 winners to just nine unforced errors. Nonetheless, Lucic-Baroni insisted she got a good test ahead of her next match against No.7 seed Lesia Tsurenko.

"It was very close; it was closer than the score. The points were tough. I think this court suited her. It took off with her spin and she made me work hard. I feel good right now and I'm glad I'm through.

"I'm just going to recover, do the same as every day and try to feel as good as possible for tomorrow. Then I'll be back to give it another go!"

Hoping to reach her first final since last spring's Internationax de Strasbourg - and win her first title since the 2014 Coupe Banque Nationale - Lucic-Baroni could also earn another career-high ranking should she reach the final on Friday.