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Wozniacki set to face Wozniak in Eastbourne semis

TEENAGER Caroline Wozniacki became the only women's seed to survive as far as the semifinals of the Eastbourne International yesterday.

The sixth-seeded Dane produced a display of efficient and drama-free tennis to beat Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in under an hour in England.

Holder Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded eighth, was beaten 6-7, 5-7 by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, who also knocked out top seed Elena Dementieva on Wednesday.

Wozniacki, the Wimbledon junior champion in 2006, next meets Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak who thrashed Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-1, 6-0.

"I love coming back on grass every year and even though it is only a short period of time that we play on grass I feel like I am adapting really fast," said the 18-year-old Wozniacki, whose parents hail from Poland.

Wozniacki, making her fifth appearance at Eastbourne after starting out in the junior tournament here, said it was not just the grass she liked in the seaside resort.

"They have the best ice cream shop right around the corner and every year we go there," she told reporters. "If I win I let myself eat one, if I don't I feel I don't deserve one."

Ice-cream lover

On that basis, Poland's Radwanska, Wozniacki's good friend and fellow ice-cream lover, would have been going hungry yesterday after failing to find the killer touch in her quarterfinal against Razzano.

The 11th-ranked Radwanska broke Razzano, the world No. 25, as the Frenchwoman served for the match at 5-3 and fended off three matchpoints with solid serving in the following game.

In the 12th game, however, she allowed her opponent to race to 0-40 and hit a forehand short to give Razzano victory.

Told she would next face compatriot Marion Bartoli, who beat Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1 6-4, the Razzano laughed.

"I know everything about her," she said. "I need to be careful about everything because she can do everything."

In Den Bosch, the Netherlands, Ivan Navarro beat defending champion David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 yesterday to book a place in the semifinals of the Ordina Open tournament.

Benjamin Becker advanced to the semifinals by edging Michael Llodra 7-6 (6), 7-5. Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium set up a semifinal with Francesca Schiavone by thrashing Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-1, 6-1.



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