Comeback Radwanska into semis
Polish ace comes from behind to beat Panova in three sets
Last Updated: September 13, 2012 5:51pm
Urszula Radwanska: Beat Alexandra Panova to set up clash with Irina-Camelia Begu
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."
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."