TOKYO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Marion Bartoli recorded two victories Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the women's draw of the $175,000 Japan Open Tennis Championships.
Bartoli, from France, stopped Russia's Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-4 to complete a rain-suspended match from Thursday and then rushed past Japan's Junri Namigata 6-2, 6-1 in a quarterfinals match.
Bartoli will meet French qualifier Camille Pin, who also won twice Friday. Pin was a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 second-round winner over American Lilia Osterloh and then beat Youlia Fedossova, another Frenchwoman, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Local favorite and second-seeded Ai Sugiyama was upset in her quarterfinal match Friday, losing a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Taiwan's Yung-Jan Chan. Chan will face Japanese qualifier Aiko Nakamura in the semifinals. Nakamura beat American Jamea Jackson 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) to advance.
The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, with those winners advancing to a Sunday championship match. The tournament winner earns $28,000.