Errani ousts Kirilenko to reach semis; Wozniacki also advances

Updated: July 25, 2008, 8:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTOROZ, Slovenia -- Eight-seeded Sara Errani eliminated No. 1 Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 7-5 on Friday, winning her eighth straight match to reach the semifinals at the Slovenia Open.

Errani, who won last week's WTA Tour event in Palermo, Italy, next faces third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Russia's Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-1.

Wozniacki won 80 percent of the points on her first serve, faced only three break points and needed only 54 minutes to defeat Dushevina.

The other semifinal will pit No. 4 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain against 19-year-old German Julia Goerges.

Medina Garrigues converted five of 14 break chances and faced only one break point herself in beating Russian Elena Bovina 6-3, 6-2.

Goerges reached the semifinals of a WTA Tour event for the first time since Stockholm last year, beating Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a match that had 11 breaks of serve -- six by Goerges -- and took over two hours to complete.


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