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Petrova, Kuznetsova advance at Amelia Island

The fifth seed Kuznetsova rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over second-seeded Patty Schnyder in the quarter-finals.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 11:32 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova moved a step closer to a second straight WTA titleon Friday as she reached the semi-finals of this 600,000-dollar claycourt tournament.

The fifth seed, trying to follow up her success at the prestigious tier one event in Miami, rolled to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over second-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder in the quarter-finals.

Kuznetsova, who has reached at least the quarter-finals, won the 2004 US Open title but until her triumph at Miami last week that was her last title on US soil.

Kuznetsova was to have met Schnyder in the fourth round at Miami, but the lefthander pulled out of the tournament before the match with a right ankle injury.

This time, Schnyder was unable to put up much of a fight against Kuznetsova.

"I played well," Kuznetsova said. "The first set, I was just trying to get comfortable with her game, then I worked to beat her. I didn't have too many unforced errors and I still went for a few hard shots, so I'm getting better."

"She did everything so well," Schnyder said. "She was a complete player today, all over the court."

Kuznetsova will play third-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy in Saturday's semi-finals.

Schiavone beat seventh seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-2, 6-3.

In the top half of the draw, top seed Nadia Petrova of Russia pounded Spanish qualifier Virginia Ruano Pascual, 6-3, 6-0.

Ruano Pascual is known as a doubles specialist and provided little resistance.

"I was prepared for a long match," Petrova said. "As soon as I had an opportunity I was trying to make the points shorter and save energy. Im happy with the consistency of my game, and I tried to keep it up and win as many points as possible."

Czech Lucie Safarova beat American veteran Jill Craybas 6-2, 6-2 to round out the semi-final lineup.

Safarova upset fourth-seeded countrywoman Nicole Vaidisova in the third round on Thursday.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 11:32 IST