Schiavone into semis; Bertens exits Marrakech

2:25 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Marrakech, Morocco (Sports Network) - Former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone moved into the semifinals, while defending Moroccan Grand Prix champion Kiki Bertens went by way of the quarterfinal upset Friday at this $235,000 WTA event.

The sixth-seeded Italian veteran Schiavone upended third-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-4, while Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino took out the fifth-seeded Dutchwoman Bertens in 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 fashion.

Bertens bested Spaniard Laura Pous Tio in last year's clay-court Moroccan Grand Prix finale in Fes.

Meanwhile, South African Chanelle Scheepers ousted seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-2 and Luxembourg's Mandy Minella outlasted Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in Marrakech.

Saturday's semis will pit Schiavone against Scheepers and Dominguez Lino versus Minella.

This week's champion will claim $40,000.

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