Woz­ni­acki through with Petkovic win

The Herald - Sport - - TENNIS -

CARO­LINE WOZ­NI­ACKI made sure of a semi-fi­nal place in the Ae­gon In­ter­na­tional with a straight-sets win over Ger­many’s An­drea Petkovic at East­bourne.

The Dane edged a gru­elling first set which lasted al­most an hour, but then raced through the sec­ond to end the chal­lenge of 10th-seeded Petkovic 7-5, 6-1. Woz­ni­acki, seeded two at East­bourne, will come up against Belinda Ben­cic in the last four af­ter the Swiss came from be­hind to knock out home hope Jo­hanna Konta.

The Bri­tish wild card had shown amaz­ing form to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals but found world No.31 Ben­cic a bridge too far, with the 18-year-old emerg­ing a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 win­ner.

Konta said: “I played a very solid, good first set and started the match re­ally well. She def­i­nitely stepped up her level af­ter that. She played very well. All credit to her – she played tough and solid when she needed to, and she just played the sit­u­a­tion. She was def­i­nitely the bet­ter player to­day.

“But I’m re­ally happy with my ef­fort [and] the week in gen­eral.”

The other semi-fi­nal will pit ninth seed Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska against Sloane Stephens of the United States.

Poland’s Rad­wan­ska en­joyed a straight­for­ward 6-2, 6-2 vic­tory over Bul­gar­ian Tsve­tana Pironkova while Stephens ad­vanced via a walkover as Daria Gavrilova, her Rus­sian op­po­nent, pulled out with an in­jury.

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