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Three-time champ Medina Garrigues advances

May 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

STRASBOURG, France, May 23 (UPI) -- Three-time champion Anabel Medina Garrigues got past Su-Wei Hsieh Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals of the Strasbourg International tennis event.

The fourth-seeded Medina Garrigues downed Taiwan's Hsieh 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-2) at Strasbourg Tennis Club in France, where she has claimed titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Waiting for her will be wild card Alize Cornet, who rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Israeli Shahar Peer.

Also reaching the Round of 8 was second-seeded 2010 French Open champ Francesca Schiavone, who dispatched Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic 6-1, 6-2.

She'll next face Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who upset eighth-seeded Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-0 on Day 3.

Other winners Wednesday included France's Pauline Parmentier, Russian Alexandra Panova, Japan's Ayumi Morita and American Sloane Stephens.

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