Wozniacki through with Petkovic win
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.