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Alize Cornet upsets Garbine Muguruza to reach Berlin semis

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France’s Alize Cornet rallied to upset No. 6 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals of the Bett1Open on Friday in Berlin.

Cornet saved a match point in the deciding set to reach her 25th career semifinal, her first on grass. It was also her third win of the year against a Top 20 opponent (Muguruza is No. 13).

All four matches went the distance on Friday.

The unseeded Cornet’s semifinal opponent Saturday will be No. 5 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who held off Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4).

The other semifinal features Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova and No. 7 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Samsonova advanced with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (0) victory against Madison Keys of the U.S. Azarenka also eliminated an American, sending Jessica Pegula packing with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win.

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The four quarterfinal matches were postponed to Saturday due to rain.

No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia will face Russia’s Anastasia Potapova. No. 3 Donna Vekic of Croatia will meet Heather Watson of Great Britain. No. 4 Daria Kasatkina of Russia will take on Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic. No. 8 Marie Bouzkova will battle American Coco Vandeweghe.

–Field Level Media

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