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Goerges, Kasatkina reach Kremlin Cup semi-finals

Goerges, Kasatkina reach Kremlin Cup semi-finals

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20 Oct 2017, 02:52 IST
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Aug 28, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Julia Goerges of Germany returns a shot to Annika Beck of Germany on day one of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports - 10243892
Aug 28, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Julia Goerges of Germany returns a shot to Annika Beck of Germany on day one of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports - 10243892

MOSCOW (Reuters) - German Julia Goerges and Russian Daria Kasatkina enjoyed straight-sets wins on Thursday to reach the Kremlin Cup semi-finals, where they will be joined by Irina Begu and Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Kasatkina, 28th in the world rankings, beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-3.

Kasatkina will face Romanian Begu, who saved a match point in the third set before beating Belarusian qualifier Vera Lapko 6-3 4-6 7-5.

After losing the first two games of the match, seventh seed Goerges, the highest-ranked player left in the tournament, defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-3 6-4.

She will next meet Russian Vikhlyantseva who upset Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 4-6 7-5 6-3.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, editing by Ed Osmond)

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