Poojashree in semifinals

Fourth-seeded Lakhani defeated last week’s finalist and sixth-seeded Uzbek Alexandra Kolesnichenko 7-5, 6-3. In the other quarterfinals, top seed and last week’s champion Emily Webley-Smith of Britain continued her domination, dispatching French Elodie Rogge-Dietrich 6-3, 6-2.  She next plays eight-seeded Slovak Dalila Jakupovic who scored a 6-4, 6-1 upset win over third-seeded Japanese Anastasia Malhotra. The second-seeded Poojashree had little difficulty in taking the first set, thanks to a stream of errors by Sanaa. But the Delhi girl Sanaa fought back, showing better court-craft and exploiting her tall opponent’s sluggish movement on court by cleverly making her run around, mixing her shots.      
 
Lakhani and Kolesnichenko kept dropping their service till the Indian held hers after breaking the Uzbek.

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