Top-seeded Marion Bartoli in semifinals
STRASBOURG, France -- Top-seeded Marion Bartoli defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3 Thursday to set up a semifinal match against three-time former champion Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Strasbourg International.
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The Frenchwoman broke the eighth-seeded Hradecka three times in the first set, and cruised in the second to reach her fourth semifinal of the season.
The seventh-seeded Medina Garrigues beat Mirjana Lucic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4.
Medina Garrigues is chasing her second title of the season after winning last month's Estoril Open. Bartoli's last title was two years ago at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.
Sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia also advanced after beating fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-4, 6-2. Hantuchova faces either second-seeded Andrea Petkovic or fifth-seeded Maria Kirilenko.
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