Er­rani's eyes solely on semi-fi­nal

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Caro­line Gar­cia and Sara Er­rani booked their place in the semi-fi­nals on ei­ther side of the draw at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open at the Dubai Ten­nis Sta­dium.

French­woman Gar­cia dis­posed of An­drea Petkovic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in an hourand-a-half, while Er­rani fought back from a set down for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win against Amer­i­can Madi­son Bren­gle in nearly two- and- a- half hours of ac­tion on cen­tre court. The re­main­ing two quar­ter-fi­nals were sched­uled to be held later on Thurs­day with the se­cond Amer­i­can in the draw, CoCo Van­deweghe, tak­ing on Elina Svi­tolina, with for­mer world num­ber one Ana Ivanovic up against Barbora Strycova.

While the 22-year-old Gar­cia con­tin­ued her run here with a me­thod­i­cal win, it was the re­silience of Ital­ian Er­rani that came to the fore as she fought back from a set down to win against a tir­ing Amer­i­can op­po­nent.

"You al­ways have to fight very hard and work hard against An­drea. She is a big fighter, al­ways try­ing to come back in the match. It was very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, very windy, some­times more than (Wed­nes­day). Yeah, some­times it was not very nice ten­nis, not very rhyth­mic, but you have to stay fo­cused and just keep your tac­tics on," Gar­cia said af­ter mak­ing her first premier WTA semi-fi­nal.

"It has been a good start to the year and it's good now that I have won some matches on the WTA Tour, and now I've got a lot of con­fi­dence. I know my game is there, but you have to do an­other match," the French girl said. "It's never easy so it's good when ev­ery­thing comes to­gether," she smiled.

A run­ner-up here in 2013, Er­rani was also re­lieved to have staged yet an­other re­cov­ery from a set down - and then 1-4 in ar­rears in the third set, to be­come the only player among the last eight who have pre­vi­ously ad­vanced past the quar­ter-fi­nals in Dubai.

"I just do not think too much about the court or any­thing. I just think that I can play and just think more on my game and more on fight­ing and play­ing ev­ery point, and then it comes. I was not think­ing too much at be­ing 4-1 down that I will win this set.

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