August 24, 2017

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Connecticut Open semifinals.

Seeking her ninth WTA Tour title, Cibulkova will face Belgium's Elise Mertens on Friday in the U.S. Open tuneup event at The Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Mertens advanced when China's Zhang Shuai withdrew because of a right arm injury.

Top-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland faced eighth-seeded Shuai Peng of China in the late match. The winner will play Australia's Daria Gavrilova, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.

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