Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez into semis

Updated: July 15, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
Associated Press

BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 on Friday to reach her first semifinal of the season at the Gastein Ladies.

The 54th-ranked Spaniard rallied from 5-2 down to win the opening set. She converted her second match point after a three-hour rain delay in the final set.

Patricia Mayr-Archleitner of Austria routed Bulgarian qualifier Dia Evtimova 6-2, 6-2 to reach her second career semifinal in two years.

The 109th-ranked Mayr-Archleitner conceded only five points on serve in the opening set and quickly regained control of the match after dropping serve early in the second.

The two remaining quarterfinal matches were interrupted by another rain delay and rescheduled for Saturday.

The eighth-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Russia was leading Spain's Laura Pous Tio 3-0, and Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine was ahead 5-2 against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.


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