Groth, Dokic in Malaysia semis

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Australians Jarmila Groth and Jelena Dokic were among the quarterfinal winners Friday at the Malaysian Open.

The fourth-seeded Groth, who entered the tournament as a wild card, topped sixth-seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, and the unseeded Dokic continued her strong play this week with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 triumph over eighth- seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.

Groth is trying for her second WTA title of 2011, having already captured the Australian Open tuneup in Hobart. She will face fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in Saturday's semifinals. Safarova upended second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-1, 6-4, on Friday.

Dokic pulled off the first surprise of the week with a three-set victory over top-seeded Francesca Schiavone and followed it up with a second-round win against Japan's Kurumi Nara. She'll now appear in a WTA semifinal for the first time since 2004.

The 27-year-old Dokic hasn't won a WTA event since capturing the last of her five titles in 2002. She burst onto the tennis scene as a 16-year-old in 1999 with a surprising Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance that featured an upset of top-seeded Martina Hingis in the first round, then reached the semifinals at the All England Club the following year.

After reaching as high as No. 4 in the world in August of 2002, injuries and personal issues set her back. She is currently ranked 91st in the world.

Next up for Dokic will be Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands. Krajicek, who hasn't won a WTA event since 2006, ended Luxembourg qualifier Anne Kremer's run with a 6-2, 6-3 win on Friday.

Dokic and Krajicek will square off for the first time on Saturday, while Groth has won two of the three lifetime meetings against Safarova -- the last a three-set win for the Aussie in the first round at Wimbledon in 2009.

The 2011 Kuala Lumpur titlist will pocket $37,000.


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