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Friday, April 13, 2012
Sara Errani reaches semis

Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Sara Errani of Italy beat second-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to reach the Barcelona Open semifinals.

The seventh-seeded Errani took advantage of Goerges' erratic serve to break five times on the outdoor clay. The Italian will face Carla Suarez Navarro, who beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-1.

Suarez Navarro managed to break Halep eight times in nine service games and rallied from a 3-1 first-set deficit to become the only Spanish player to reach the semifinals.

In the other semifinal, third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia will play Sorana Cirstea of Romania after they both rallied from a set down to advance.

Cibulkova dominated the last two sets to beat Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine 3-6, 6-0, 6-0, while Cirstea overcame Olga Govortsova of Belarus, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.