Pierce reaches Acura semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Mary Pierce defeated Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Acura Classic.

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Mary Pierce defeated Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Acura Classic. The sixth-seeded Pierce had little trouble dispatching the fifth-seeded Schnyder, the highest remaining seed in the tournament. She used an early break to win the first set, then asserted herself in the second set, controlling many of the points in the quarterfinal. "I was fairly happy. I played well,'' Pierce said. "I knew I needed to be aggressive today. I played good enough to win.'' Acura is the first Tier I tournament since the inception of the tier system in 1980 in which none of the top four seeds advanced to the quarterfinals. A number of top players withdrew from the tournament because of injury, including No. 1-ranked Davenport. The 30-year-old Pierce, the oldest remaining player in the field, is having one of her best seasons in years. The two-time Grand Slam champion was the runner-up to Justine Henin-Hardenne at the French Open. It was her first Grand Slam final appearance since winning the French in 2000. Pierce also reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams. Pierce, who raised her career record against Schnyder to 6-2, started the year ranked 29th but has raised her ranking to No. 14. (AP)

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