Qualifer Barthel reaches Hobart semis; Peer wins

by: Richard Pagliaro | January 11, 2012

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HOBART, Australia (AP)—Qualifier Mona Barthel beat defending champion Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Thursday to move into the semifinals at the Hobart International.

Barthel ousted second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round and will next meet fellow German Angelique Kerber, who advanced with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 win over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.

Kerber finished with a year-end No. 32 ranking after reaching the U.S. Open semifinals.

Top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Simona Halep of Romania and will next play sixth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel.

Peer advanced when Anna Chakvetadze had to retire from their semifinal in the third set because of cramping. Chakvetadze won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 6-4 and needed treatment at the break. She quit when she was down 1-0 in the third.

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