Flavia Pennetta ousted by Barbora Strycova at Swedish Open.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova fought back from the brink of defeat to knock out second-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta and reach the semi-finals of the Swedish Open in Bastad. The Czech 25-year-old, ranked 39 places below her opponent at 60 in the world, was a break down in the deciding set before battling back to win 6-4 5-7 6-3 and book her place in the semi-finals.

The hosts are guaranteed a finalist after both Sofia Arvidsson and Johanna Larsson battled through tough three-setters. Arvidsson beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/3) while Larsson was a 6-4 3-6 7-5 winner over another Spaniard, Lourdes Dominguez Lino. Eighth seed Polona Hercog of Slovakia completed the semi-final line-up after a straightforward 6-2 6-4 win over Russia’s Vesna Dolonts.


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