Prague - Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to defeat Monica
Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and advance to the Prague Open semi-finals on
The Russian, seeking her second title of the year, will play
fourth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia, who beat fifth-seeded Barbora Strycova
of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4).
Stosur wasted two match points at 5-4 in the final set, and
another at 6-5, before prevailing in the tiebreaker.
Second-seeded Lucie Safarova extended her resurgence into the semi-finals
by fighting past unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 7-6 (3), 7-5.
Coming back from a bacterial infection last year, Safarova didn't
win a singles this season before claiming three in a row in Prague.
She improved her record against Hsieh to 2-0 but knew it wouldn't
"She's always a very tricky player, defending the court very
well, and I'm very excited to be through to the semis," Safarova said.
She will face defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who cruised
past Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-1.