Bacsinszky, Meusburger advance

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BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Second-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland and Austrian veteran Yvonne Meusburger were among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the Gastein Ladies tennis tournament.

Bacsinszky, the highest-remaining seeded player after top seed Andrea Petkovic was eliminated on Thursday, rolled to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic.

Next up for Bacsinszky will be Meusburger, who advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. The 26-year-old Meusburger has never won a WTA title and reached her lone final at this event in 2007.

Bacsinszky has just one WTA crown, winning in Luxembourg last year. She will play in her first semifinal of 2010, as her best previous result this year was a quarterfinal loss to Roberta Vinci at the Barcelona Ladies Open in April.

Meusburger beat the 21-year-old Bacsinszky in the first round of the Australian Open this year for her first win in three lifetime matchups.

Saturday's other semifinal will feature France's Alize Cornet against Julia Goerges of Germany.

Cornet, who knocked off Petrovic on Thursday, needed three sets to dispose of Austrian wild card Patricia Mayr, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, while Goerges also went the distance in a 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 triumph over Russia's Anastasia Pivovarova.

The 20-year-old Cornet has just one WTA Tour title, taking the Budapest crown in 2008. She will appear in her second semifinal of 2010, having lost to Iveta Benesova in Morocco this spring.

Goerges, trying for her first WTA crown, also reached the semifinals last week in Palermo. She has never played Cornet.


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