Kirilenko through to semis

  • Last Updated: February 1 2013, 19:55 GMT

Last year's beaten finalist Maria Kirilenko remained on track to go one better this time at the Pattaya Open with a straight-sets victory over Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals.

Kirilenko: Beat Elena Vesnina
Kirilenko: Beat Elena Vesnina

The Russian second seed, who lost to Daniela Hantuchova 12 months ago, was given a tough ride by in-form Vesnina in the first set in particular but came through 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

In the last four, Kirilenko will play fourth seed Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian ended the run of qualifier Anastasija Sevastova with a dominant 6-3 6-0 victory.

The other semi-final will pit fifth seed Sabine Lisicki against unseeded Russian Nina Bratchikova. Lisicki had to come from a set down to defeat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 5-7 6-3 6-2, while Bratchikova saw off Japan's Ayumi Morita 6-1 3-6 6-1.


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