WTA Tour: Elise Mertens through in Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

Elise Mertens
Elise Mertens

Top seed Elise Mertens saw off Sara Errani to reach the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem semi-finals.

The 22-year-old Belgian prevailed 6-3 6-1 for her second win over the Italian in 2018, booking a last-four showdown with either Katarina Zavatska or Hsieh Su-wei in Rabat.

"Even though the score was three and one (games), I think it was a very tough match," said Mertens on court after victory, according to the WTA website.

"She's a great player, got a lot of balls back, and of course she has a lot of experience.

"All credit to her, she's still on the tour, she's still as fit as ever.

"So I'm really happy that I won, I played a good level and knew what to do."

Elsewhere in Rabat, Ajla Tomljanovic battled past Jana Fett 3-6 6-3 6-3 and Paula Badosa Gilbert retired injured, handing victory to Aleksandra Krunic, who was leading 6-2 1-0.

Mihaela Buzarnescu eased past Kristyna Pliskova to reach the semi-finals at the Prague Open.

The seventh seed will face Camila Giorgi in the last four, with the Italian seeing off Sam Stosur 6-2 6-3.

"I'm really happy about this result because it's been quite a few tough months," Romanian Buzarnescu told the WTA website.

"I'm happy I was able to win three matches in a row."

Elsewhere in Prague, second seed Petra Kvitova secured a routine 6-3 6-3 win over Katerina Siniakova and Zhang Shuai moved beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4 6-3.

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