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Schiavone and Azarenka thru to the semifinals.

Francesca Schiavone, the No.5 seed, was the second player into the semifinals, outlasting Kaia Kanepi in a tight three-setter, 75 46 75. Schiavone missed a crosscourt backhand on her first match point at 5-4 but closed the match out two games later, finishing it on a big serve that drew a Kanepi return into the net. The marathon match lasted three hours and nine minutes.

Victoria Azarenka, seeded No.8, ended the run of American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, winning five consecutive games from 1-2 in the first set and six straight from 0-1 in the second set for a 62 61 win. Azarenka has now gone one round better than in her debut appearance here last year, where she was a quarterfinalist. “I played her in an exhibition match in the summer, so I knew a little bit about her,” Azarenka said of Vandeweghe. “She has a big serve, plus she had won a lot of matches here, so I knew it would be tough. My game plan worked well today. She started very well in the beginning but I was able to focus and be aggressive and I’m really excited to be in my first semifinal here in Tokyo.” Vandeweghe, just 18 and ranked No.172, was playing her second career quarterfinal, having made it to the final eight at San Diego in the summer. She had upset No.14 seed Aravane Rezai en route to her match-up with Azarenka.


Teenagers Robson and Vandeweghe advance to the main draw.

Laura Robson progressed to the main draw of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with an impressive 2-6 6-2 6-4 win over Romania’s Simona Halep.

The 16-year-old Londoner, who beat world number 57 Anastasija Sevastova in the previous round, broke to take the match in the tenth game of the decider.

Robson made up a deficit of 127 ranking places on world number 100 Halep.

British number one Elena Baltacha suffered a 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 defeat to world number 106 Greta Arn of Hungary.

The Scot is ranked 56 places above world number 106 Arn, but had succumbed to the Hungarian in both their previous meetings, most recently in qualifying in Rome earlier this season.

World number 41 Jarmila Groth also failed to make her way into the tournament proper after 18-year-old Coco Vandeweghe of the United States won their encounter 6-4 7-6 (7-2).


Zvonareva upset by US qualifier in San Diego.

Flavia Pennetta of Italy was a second-round winner Thursday, while third-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva lost at the $700,000 Mercury Insurance Open, a hardcourt U.S. Open Series event.

American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe outlasted Zvonareva 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 at La Costa Resort and Spa. Zvonareva was last month’s Wimbledon runner-up to Serena Williams.

Vandeweghe will next face two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who got past Italian Sara Errani 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.

Pennetta got past Russian glamour girl Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Up next for Pennetta will be second-seeded French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia handled Zheng Jie of China 6-2, 6-1. Russian Alisa Kleybanova will play Hantuchova in the quarters.


Vandeweghe and Harrison earn wildcards to Aussie Open.

CoCo Vandeweghe, the niece of New Jersey Nets GM and coach Kiki Vandeweghe, and Ryan Harrison have earned spots in the main draw of the 2010 Australian Open.

Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Harrison, of Bradenton, Fla., won U.S. Tennis Association wild-card playoffs in Atlanta.

Vandeweghe, who turned 18 Sunday, beat Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-3.

The 17-year-old Harrison defeated Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 and will make his Grand Slam singles main draw debut in Australia in January.

The finals were played Monday.

The USTA and Tennis Australia have a reciprocal agreement to trade wild cards for their Grand Slam tournaments.

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