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Kirilenko reaches Pattaya semis

10:12 AM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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Pattaya City, Thailand (Sports Network) - Second-seeded 2012 runner-up Maria Kirilenko highlighted Friday's quarterfinal winners at the hardcourt Pattaya Open.

Kirilenko handled seventh-seeded fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 at Dusit Thani Hotel.

The 25-year-old Kirilenko, who lost to Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in last year's championship match here, will face fourth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea in Saturday's semifinals. Cirstea advanced by easily besting Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 on Day 5.

The other semi will pit fifth-seeded German Sabine Lisicki against Russian Nina Bratchikova. Lisicki overcame New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, while Bratchikova held off Japanese Ayumi Morita 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

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