Rabat - Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland advanced to the
semi-finals of the Grand Prix SAR, saving all four break-points she faced
against Johanna Larsson of Sweden in a 6-4, 6-1 win on Thursday.
Bacsinszky, ranked 15th, broke Larsson's serve three times, and
next faces fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary for the first time in six years.
Babos took out Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-3 for her
second semi of the year.
Former champion Kiki Bertens needed nearly three hours to beat No.
8 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.
Bertens, who won her only career title at this tournament in 2012,
saved 13 of 15 chances on her serve.
She next faces 186th-ranked Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, who
beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4 in a match opposing two qualifiers.