Kvitova, Wozniacki reach New Haven semis

Aug. 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki breezed into the semifinals Thursday at the New Haven Open, a final tuneup for next week's U.S. Open.

Kvitova defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-3 and thus clinched first place in the U.S. Open series.

By winning the points race leading up to the final major championship of the year, she gave herself a chance to collect $1 million in bonus prize money if she wins the U.S. Open. A runner-up finish in that tournament would earn her an additional $500,000.

Wozniacki, seeking her fifth straight championship in this event, ousted Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1.

Wozniacki will meet Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals after the seventh seed blasted Olga Govortsova 6-1, 6-2.

Sara Errani set up a semifinal meeting with Kvitova by defeating Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2.

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