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Italy’s Knapp wins twice to reach Gastein Ladies semifinals

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) — Karin Knapp of Italy won two matches Friday to set up a semifinal against top-seeded Sara Errani at the Gastein Ladies.

Second-seeded Samantha Stosur takes on No. 7 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia in the other semifinal of the clay-court event.

In the quarterfinals, Knapp rallied from three games behind in both sets to defeat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 7-6 (5), 7-5. Hours before, Knapp beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3 in a second-round match moved from Thursday because of thunder.

The 43rd-ranked Knapp, who is seeded third, hadn’t won a match since capturing her second career title in Nuremberg in May.

Earlier, Errani overcame neck problems to beat Russian qualifier Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

The 19th-ranked Italian received medical treatment while leading 4-3 in the opening set. She stuttered against her 151st-ranked opponent in the second set but dominated the third after two early breaks.

Stosur advanced to her second semifinal of the season by beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-2. The Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, avoided break points.

A week after winning in Bucharest, Schmiedlova kept her winning run going by defeating Annika Beck of Germany 6-2, 6-3.

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