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Ferrer leads top three seeds into semis of Portugal Open

The Canadian Press

5/3/2013 3:32:37 PM

OEIRAS, Portugal -- David Ferrer led the top three seeded players into the Portugal Open semifinals on Friday, beating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka knocked out local favourite Gastao Elias 6-4, 6-4, and No. 3 Andreas Seppi beat No. 8 Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3. Pablo Carreno-Busta rallied past fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to complete the final four.

In the women's event, third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No. 4 Carla Suarez Navarro will meet in Saturday's final.

Pavlyuchenkova recovered to beat Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 to reach her first title match on clay. Navarro, last year's finalist, overcame Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-4, 6-1.