Cibulkova books semis spot

2012-04-12 21:35

Barcelona - Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory on Thursday over Klara Zakopalova to reach the Barcelona Open quarter-finals.

Neither player served well, combining for 17 break points, but the Slovak bounced back from a first-set deficit to beat her Czech opponent on the outdoor clay.

Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine joined Cibulkova in the last eight after edging fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4.

Qualifier Olga Govortsova needed more than 3 hours to beat Laura Pous-Tio 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2.

Govortsova knocked out top-seeded Francesca Schiavone on Tuesday.