Winston-Salem, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Ninth seed Yen-Hsun Lu booked a spot in the semifinal of the Winston-Salem Open after beating Andreas Seppi, 6-4, 6-4, Thursday.
Lu, who has yet to be broken in 29 service games this week needed just 83 minutes to move a win away from reaching his second ATP World Tour final of the year.
“It feels pretty good, especially prior to the US Open,” said Lu. “I am really happy the way I played today. The whole week, I have not felt any pressure. I look to focus on each match.”
He will go for a finals berth when he takes on Lukas Rosol, who advanced to the last four when John Isner withdrew because of a left ankle injury he sustained during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin Wednesday.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, one of my favorite stops of the year,” said Isner. “It is extra disappointing for me given that it is my hometown tournament.”
Meanwhile, Jerzy Janowicz advanced to the semifinal after beating qualifier David Goffin, 6-4, 6-2. Janowicz will take on the winner between fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Sam Querrey.
On the women’s side, second seed Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start en route to a 6-4, 6-1 win over fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and a spot in the semifinal of the Connecticut Open.
Zahlavova Strycova got up an early break and eventually took a 4-2 first set lead, but Kvitova found her form and won four straight games to take the first set.
Then from 1-1 in the second set, she really caught fire, not surrendering another game and winning the last 12 points for the victory.
Kvitova plays the winner of the showdown between Samantha Stosur and Kirsten Flipkens.