Wimbledon: Lucie Safarova Enters 1st Ever Grand-Slam Semifinal

Lucie Safarova, playing in her first quarterfinal tie at the majors since Australian Open in 2008, beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1.

Updated: July 02, 2014 12:22 IST
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Luice Safarova enters first-ever grand-slam semis
Lucie Safarova enters first-ever grand-slam semis

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London: Lucie Safarova stormed into her first Grand Slam semi-final as the Czech 23rd seed thrashed Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Safarova was playing in her first quarter-final at the majors since the 2007 Australian Open and showed no signs of being overawed in a ruthless 57-minute rout of the 22nd seed on Court One.

Safarova will play one of her compatriots in the last four as she is scheduled to meet the winner of Tuesday's all-Czech quarter-final between Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, and world number 43 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

It will be the first time two Czech women have advanced to the semi-finals at the same Grand Slam since Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova at the 1986 French Open.

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