PALERMO, Italy, July 21 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain Friday reached her third straight semifinal at the Italian Open Tennis Tournament.
In the quarters, she beat Karin Knapp of Italy, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2), continuing her quest for a fourth title in this event in the last six years.
In the semifinals on Saturday, the 23-year-old Medina Garrigues will face No. 4 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Safarova beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, also from Spain, 6-4, 6-4.
Garbin and Vinci will meet in the other semifinal.