Bertens battles into Palermo semis
Kiki Bertens moved within one victory of the WTA Palermo Open final after outlasting Jasmine Paolini.
Bertens – the top seed – battled to a 6-4 1-6 6-1 win over her Italian opponent as she reached the semi-finals in Sicily on Friday.
World number five Bertens needed almost two hours to seal her spot in the final four, with the match finishing past 01:00am (local time).
Next up for Bertens is Spaniard Paula Badosa who made light work of Arantxa Rus 6-2 6-1.
Russian lucky loser Liudmila Samsonova stunned seventh seed Fiona Ferro in a marathon 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-4 victory, while eighth seed Jil Teichmann advanced after Anna-Lena Friedsam retired due to injury when trailing 6-0 1-0.
At the Baltic Open, sixth seed Anastasia Potapova reached the semi-finals with a 6-4 0-6 6-4 win over Patricia Maria Tig.
Top seed and home favourite Anastasija Sevastova was too good for Irina Bara 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, Katarzyna Kawa beat Chloe Paquet 6-2 6-2 and Bernarda Pera trumped Nina Stojanovic 4-6 6-4 6-3.