Bad Gastein, Austria (Sports Network) - Eighth-seeded Italian Karin Knapp
knocked off Annika Beck in Friday's quarterfinals at the Gastein Ladies tennis
Knapp advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of the second-seeded German and will
next face Yvonne Meusburger in the semifinals. The heavy Austrian crowd
favorite bested Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus by a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) decision.
Meusburger was last week's runner-up in Budapest and the 2007 Bad Gastein
Czech Andrea Hlavackova and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina will meet in the other
semifinal after each beat an Austrian wild card on Day 5.
Hlavackova ousted Lisa-Maria Moser, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), while Svitolina moved on
with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.
The winner of this $235,000 tournament will earn $42,000.
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