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Dinara Safina reaches semifinals

Updated: April 22, 2011, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

FEZ, Morocco -- In a match featuring 18 breaks of serve, Dinara Safina edged fellow Russian Anastasia Pivovarova 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Grand Prix SAR.

Safina advanced to her first semifinal since the Cincinnati Open in August 2009.

Safina dropped serve nine times against Pivovarova in a topsy-turvy match stretching nearly 3½ hours because of rain delays. Tied at 4-4 and 0-15 in the third set, Safina held serve to quickly wrap up the win after ...

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