Wickmayer, Pervak reach semifinals in Austria

Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium reached her third semifinal of the year when she defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-3, 6-2 in the Gastein Ladies on Friday.

Wickmayer was seeking her fourth WTA title but first in more than two years. Meusburger has reached the quarterfinals here every year since the tournament was first held in 2007, but has failed to do so at any other WTA event.

The second-ranked Wickmayer will take on Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, who will appear in her first career semifinals after overcoming eighth-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Third-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan allowed American qualifier Chichi Scholl just one break point on her way to a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

On Saturday, Pervak will play seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who dispatched Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain 6-1, 6-2.

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