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Barthel continues Hobart run, Vesnina downs Gajdosova

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Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova (Vic) fell to Elena Vesnina (RUS) in today’s quarterfinals at the Moorilla Hobart International. The Russian was too good for the Victorian on this occasion capitalising on a break point opportunity in the fifth game of the first set before striking again in the second set to take the match 6-3, 6-2.

Vesnina will now meet No.8 seed Sloane Stephens (USA) after the American put a stop to qualifier and compatriot Lauren Davis’ five match winning streak to win 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

This evening world No.51 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) moved closer towards breaking the top 50 after she dismissed Romania’s Monica Niculescu (ROU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, setting up a semi final clash with defending champion Mona Barthel (GER).

Barthel continued her pursuit of back-to-back Hobart titles with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-3 win over Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) earlier today.

Doubles semi final action will be showcased tomorrow with Australia’s Ashleigh Barty (Qld) and Bojana Bobusic (WA) taking on Garbine Muguruza (ESP) and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) for a place in the final.