Agnieszka Radwanska, Carla Suarez Navarro cruise to semifinal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Katowice, Poland (4E Sports) – Top seed and home favorite Agnieszka Radwanska cruised to the semifinal of the Katowice Open via a 6-4, 6-1 win over sixth seed Yvonne Meusburger Friday.

The win was Radwanska’s 21st WTA-level match win of the year, tying her as the leader with No. 2 Li Na.

However, the presence of her grandmother made the victory more special for Radwanska.

“I got really excited when I noticed my beloved grandma Wieslawa beside my mother in the stands. She has always been one of my biggest fans and supporters, she has watched all my matches on TV or internet since the very beginning of my career,” she said.

Radwanska will next take on fourth seed Alize Cornet, who defeated fifth Klara Koukalova, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2.

Carla Suarez Navarro also advanced to the semifinal after beating Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-2, 6-3. She will take on Camila Giorgi, who dismissed veteran campaigner Shahar Peer, 6-1, 6-4.

In Bogota, defending champion and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic advanced to the semifinal of the Claro Open after beating Lara Arruabarrena, 6-4, 6-4.

In the semifinal, the 29-year-old Jankovic will meet Chanelle Scheepers, who stunned eighth seed and former two-time champion Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-2, 6-1.

The other semifinal pairing will pit Caroline Garcia against American Vania King. Garcia cruised past Romina Oprandi, 6-1, 7-5, while King beat Mariana Duque-Marino, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

On the men’s side, fourth-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers secured a berth in the final four of the Moroccan Open after beating compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-0.

For a spot in the final, Granollers will play Federico Delbonis, who defeated Victor Hanescu, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated Benoit Paire, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), to set up a semifinal clash with Roberto Carballes Baena, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Andrey Kuznetsov.

In Houston, Fernando Verdasco booked a spot in the semifinal of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship after beating Donald Young, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.

Verdasco’s semifinal opponent will be Santiago Giraldo, who handled fellow Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4.

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