Francesca Schiavone sees off Alize Cornet in Marrakech quarter-finals
Last Updated: 27/04/13 3:20pm
Francesca Schiavone: Italian takes on Chanelle Scheepers in semi-finals
Francesca Schiavone reached the last four of the GP de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem with a battling win over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
The match was not as one-sided as the 6-4 6-4 scoreline suggested, with the Italian winning just five of an astonishing 21 break points as third seed Cornet tussled with the 2010 French Open champion for two hours and 11 minutes.
Sixth-seed Schiavone will now take on Chanelle Scheepers in the next round after the South African upset seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-2 in just 66 minutes.
Fifth seed Kiki Bertens also saw her challenge ended by Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino, the Dutchwoman going down 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Lino's semi-final opponent will be Mandy Minella, who had to come through three tough sets against Spanish opposition to progress.
The Luxembourg player eventually saw off Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-3 3-6 6-3.