Schiavone cruises into Strasbourg semis

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 23, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacts after a point in her fourth round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy easily defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-0, 6-3 to reach the Strasbourg International semifinals Thursday, but three-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues lost. Schiavone dropped serve once in the second set but the former French Open champion recovered. She next plays Sloane Stephens of the United States, who beat Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-3, 6-4. Alize Cornet clinched her 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) victory against Garrigues on her first match point against the fourth-seeded Spaniard, with both players losing their serve five times. Cornet, who has one WTA title, next faces Pauline Parmentier in an all-French match. Parmentier won 6-3, 6-3 against Russia's Alexandra Panova.
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