Golovin in Bank of West semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Tatiana Golovin upset fourth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Friday to reach the semifinals in the Bank of the West Classic.

Golovin in Bank of West semis

Stanford, California: Tatiana Golovin upset fourth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Friday to reach the semifinals in the Bank of the West Classic.Patty Schnyder and Nicole Vaidisova also had straight-set victories to advance to the semifinals at the Taube Family Tennis Center on Stanford's campus. Top-seeded Kim Clijsters, the three-time event champion, played in the night match.Schnyder, the tournament's second seed, also reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Jill Craybas. Vaidisova then won her second match in less than 24 hours, defeating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2.Golovin, who upset sixth-seeded Ai Sugiyama in the second round, survived a tight match with Groenefeld, even rallying from a 4-1 deficit in the second-set tiebreaker. The Moscow-born, France-raised, US-based teenager adjusted well to Groenefeld's spinning groundstrokes."There were so many close points that the difference was just millimeters," Groenefeld said. "I tried to dictate points, but her game is the same way and she is very strong on her forehand side and can control points with it well."Golovin will face Schnyder in Saturday's semifinals, hoping to reach just the third final of her career.Schnyder, the world No. 8, relied on her serve to turn a difficult match against Craybas, the lone American in a quarterfinal field featuring eight players from eight different countries.Though Schnyder remains dissatisfied with her game, the left-handed Swiss player reached her second semifinal in two weeks, following last week's loss Katarina Srebotnik in Cincinnati."I was kind of up and down," Schnyder said. "(Craybas) surprised me with her forehands down the line. She was very aggressive, and I didn't expect that."Vaidisova, the 17-year-old French Open semifinalist, will face the winner of Clijsters' match with unseeded Vera Zvonareva. Vaidisova and Golovin played an entertaining Fed Cup match earlier in the month, with Vaidisova winning 6-1, 3-6, 11-9. (AP)

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