Puig beats former champion Petkovic to reach Strasbourg semis

by: AP May 22, 2014

AP Photo

STRASBOURG, France (AP) -- Former champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany lost 6-4, 6-4 to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International on Thursday.

The fourth-seeded Petkovic, who won the tournament in 2011, missed chances to break in the first set and Puig capitalized to reach her first semifinal.

The German was the only seed left in the tournament, which will see a new champion.

Julia Goerges of Germany was beaten by Madison Keys of the United States 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Keys will meet Puig in the semifinals.

Another American was through, as Christina McHale was 6-2, 3-1 up against Zarina Diyas, before the Kazakh retired through injury.

McHale faces Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, who edged Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

More Stories

Medvedev upsets eighth-seeded Paire in Marseille; Kyrgios advances

Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet prevailed, 7-5, 6-2, against Mikhail Youzhny. 

A game of 'Would You Rather?' with young American Jared Donaldson

Donaldson, an avid gamer, is inside the Top 100 for the first time. 

Even as he rises up ranks, Jack Sock finds way to stay close to home

The American trains in Kansas City and works with a coach from his junior days.