22
Apr
11

Dinara Safina needs a victory in Morocco to show she’s on her way back to form.

Dinara Safina reached her first semi-final in almost two years after overcoming fellow Russian Anastasia Pivovarova at the Grand Prix SAR in Fes, Morocco. Safina had to draw on all of her resolve as she finally won 6-4 2-6 6-4 in a match that contained 18 breaks of serve and lasted three-and-a-half hours due to rain delays. The 24-year-old has been beset by injury in the past couple of years but, after showing signs of returning to her best, will meet Alberta Brianti in the last four. The Italian raced through the last set to claim a 7-5 5-7 6-0 victory over American Melanie Oudin in two hours 45 minutes.

Last year’s runner-up and seventh-seeded Romanian Simona Halep is the highest-ranked player left in the draw after she swept aside fourth seed Greta Arn 6-2 6-1. She will meet Kirsten Flipkens in the last-four after the Belgian veteran enjoyed similarly easy progress against local wild card Nadia Lalami, winning 6-0 6-1 in just 45 minutes.

 

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