Muguruza, Oprandi reach Marrakesh semifinals

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MARRAKESH, Morocco—Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Grand Prix SAR semifinals on Friday.

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Romina Oprandi of Switzerland and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain also moved into the last four. The top-seeded Hantuchova received a walkover from Peng Shuai of China, who had a left thigh injury, Oprandi defeated third-seeded Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-4, 6-4, and Torro-Flor edged Polona Hercog of Slovenia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).

The fifth-seeded Muguruza won seven straight games against Peer to clinch the first set and lead 5-0 in the second.

The Spaniard is enjoying a breakthrough season, as she clinched her first WTA title in January at the Hobart International and finished runner-up at the Brazil Cup in March.

Peer made five double faults and was able to hold serve only once.

Muguruza will face Torro-Flor, who wasted a 4-2 lead in the last set but rallied from 5-3 down in the final tiebreaker. Hercog failed to serve out the first set at 5-4 and double-faulted seven times.

Oprandi reached her first semifinal since the Brussels Open in May 2013 and will play Hantuchova. The Swiss player rallied from a 3-0 deficit to lead 5-3 in the first set, and broke Meusburger for a 2-1 lead in the second.

Meusberger made seven double faults and converted only one of five break points.
 

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