Panova survives three-set scare in Baku

July 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 26 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Alexandra Panova rallied from a second-set deficit Thursday and gained a spot in the semifinals of the Baku Cup tennis tournament in Azerbaijan.

Panova came away a 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 winner over Nina Bratchikova. It was the fourth quarterfinal Thursday that went three sets after the eventual winner dropped the first set.

Bratchikova was serving for the match at 5-4 of the second set but Panova broke back to even the set and eventually force a tiebreaker. Panova had four breaks in a seesaw third set, including taking the final break in a series that put her up 5-4.

No. 5-seeded Bojana Jovanovski, who will go against Panova in Friday's semifinals, defeated Aleksandra Krunic 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in a battle that took 3 hours, 16 minutes. Jovanovski had three breaks in each set.

The other semifinal features a pair of unseeded players. Julia Cohen advanced with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Magdalena Rybarikova and Olga Puchkova ousted third-seeded Mandy Minella 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

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