Kirilenko makes semis in Guangzhou

Top seed Maria Kirilenko eased into the semi-finals of the Guangzhou International Open in China with a straight-sets win over Tetiana Luzhanska.

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The 6-1 7-5 success took Kirilenko, the world number 28 from Russia, one step closer to her sixth WTA title and fourth on Asian soil.

China's Zheng Jie defeated Croatia's Petra Martic in three sets when she fought back to beat the fourth seed 1-6 6-4 6-3.

South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers also took three sets to overcome Poland's Urszula Radwanska, finally winning 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 in a tough match.

In the final match, second-seeded Australian Jarmila Gajdosova was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

Kirilenko will now play Scheepers while Zheng will face Rybarikova.

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