Posted February 08, 2012 on AP on Fox

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Sorana Cirstea of Romania plays a forehand during the women's singles third round match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 26, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Sorana Cirstea reached the semifinals of the Pattaya Open when top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia retired Friday with left hip injury in the third set. The match was even at 2-6, 6-4, 2-2 when Zvonareva pulled out and sent Cirstea into the next round. ''I rushed too much in the first set. Then I tried to be more patient and made her play more while my serves and returns were better in the second set,'' Cirstea said. ''However, I didn't notice that she was injured and was surprised she retired. I hope she will recover soon.'' Cirstea, a 21-year-old Romanian who is seeded seventh, will next face either Maria Kirilenko of Russia or Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand. ''Either of them will be tough,'' Cirstea said. ''Tammy is an experienced player and the home fans will support her. Maria is playing well coming from Australia.'' Also, Taiwanese qualifier Hsieh Su-wei beat Sania Mirza of India 7-5, 6-3. ''I wasn't concerned much about reaching the semifinal. I just want to play one g...
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