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Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain outlasted defending champion Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR on Friday.
The unseeded Spaniard will next face Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, who edged Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Bertens double-faulted nine times in a match which saw 20 breaks of serve.
In the other quarterfinal, Minella broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set to reach her first semifinal since the Gastein Ladies in Austria last June.
BEST OF MAXIM
Mandy Minella of Luxembourg and Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain rallied from a set down against seeded players to reach the Grand Prix SAR quarterfinals Thursday.
Minella beat fourth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Dominguez Lino defeated ninth-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that included seven breaks of serve for each player.
Francesca Schiavone beat South African Chanelle Scheepers 7-6 (4), 6-1 Saturday to set up a Grand Prix SAR final against Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who overcame a slow start to beat Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Schiavone broke Scheepers' serve three times in the second set, where the sixth-seeded Italian saved two break points on her own serve.