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Suarez Navarro reaches semis in Mexico

March 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

ACAPULCO, Mexico, March 1 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Carla Suarez Navarro kept alive her hopes for a first career WTA title Thursday by earning a quarterfinal victory at the Mexican Open.

Suarez Navarro, ranked 28th in the world, defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2 to even her match record this year at 7-7.

She will meet Silvia Soler-Espinosa in one of Friday's semifinal matches. Soler-Espinosa ousted Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-2.

Third-seeded Alize Cornet also advanced by rallying to a 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-2) triumph over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

Cornet will face either No. 1 seed Sara Errani or Kiki Bertens in the semifinals.

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