Third-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel defeated No 8 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the Prague Open on Friday.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
Prague:Third-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel defeated No 8 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the Prague Open on Friday. This was Peer's third straight victory following a month's absence due to a foot injury. Peer, the highest remaining seed in the $145,000 outdoor clay event, will now face Estonia's Kaia Kanepi. Kanepi rallied after being swept in the second set to defeat sixth-seeded Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 7-5, 0-6, 7-5. It was the second upset of a seeded player in three matches for the 84th-ranked Kanepi, who defeated No 1 Marion Bartoli of France in the first round. Fifth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur and No. 7 Peng Shuai of China also advanced and will face off in the other semifinal. Stosur defeated fourth-seeded Emilie Loit of France 6-4, 6-3, while Peng beat Slovakian wild card Magdalena Rybarikova 7-5, 6-4. (AP)