Comeback Radwanska into semis

Polish ace comes from behind to beat Panova in three sets

Last Updated: 13/09/12 5:51pm

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Urszula Radwanska: Beat Alexandra Panova to set up clash with Irina-Camelia Begu

Urszula Radwanska: Beat Alexandra Panova to set up clash with Irina-Camelia Begu

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Urszula Radwanska came from behind to beat Alexandra Panova in three sets and reach the semi-finals of the Tashkent Open.

In a tight match, second seed Radwanska broke six times but dropped her own serve five times as she beat the Russian 5-7 6-2 7-6 (3).

The Pole was in trouble early against the hard-hitting Panova. After winning the first set, the Russian raced to a 2-0 lead in the second before dropping four straight games. The pair then traded breaks to set up the tiebreaker, which was won comfortably by Radwanska.

"It was a great and close match and I tried to focus on every point," said Radwanska, who is aiming to win her second title this year. "I was a little lucky to have won against a good friend."

Physically better

Panova put the loss down to Radwanska being "physically better than me today."

"I played well and gave everything when I was down a few points," Panova said. "It hurts after coming so close."

Radwanska will now play Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, who upset eighth-seeded Galina Voeskoboeva of Kazakhstan 3-6 7-6 (1) 7-5.

Donna Vekic dispatched sixth-seeded Bojana Jovanoski of Serbia 6-4, 6-4 to reach her first career semi-final. The 16-year-old Croat will meet Eva Birnervo after the Czech defeated fifth-seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3 4-6 6-2.

"Reaching the semi-finals at a WTA tour event has not sunk in yet," Vekic said. "I'm happy that I played very well."

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