Sophie Ferguson in last four beat Ksenia Palkina

Kolkata, Nov 20 (UNI) Romania's Elora Dabija, Sophie Ferguson of Australia, Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski and Ayumi Morita of Japan made to the semi-finals at ITF Women's Challenger here today.

Elora was stretched some 193 minutes by unseeded Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand and the European, also unseeded, prevailed over the Asian 3-6,7-6 (7-5), 7-5. The match witnessed three medical breaks, all taken by Elora.

Sophie Ferguson continued her dream run beating seventh seeded Ksenia Palkina of Kazakhstan 0-6, 6-1,6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

Qualifier Bojana Jovanovski also advanced to the semi finals beating eighth seed Chine Taipei girl Kai-Chen Chang 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2).

Second seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan made to last four without dropping a set till now. She overpowered Great Britain's Emily-Smith Webley, a qualifier, 6-2,6-2.

Results: Singles Quarter Finals : Elora Dabija (Rou) beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (Tha) 3-6,7-6(7-5),7-5, Sophie Ferguson (Aus) beat Ksenia Palkina (7)(Kgz) 0-6,6-1,6-4, Bojana Jovanovski (Q)(Srb) beat Kai-Chen Chang (8)(Tpe) 6-4,5-7,7-6(7-2), Ayumi Morita (2)(Jpn) beat Emily Webley-Smith (!)(GBr) beat 6-2,6-2.

Doubles Semi Finals Jing-Jing Lu (Chn)&Sheng-Nan Sun (Chn)(1) beat Sophie Ferguson (Aus)&Alexis Prousis (USA) 6-3,6-3, Laura Siegemund (Ger)&Agnes Szatmari (Rou)(3) beat Chin-Wei Chan (Tpe)&Yi Chen (Tpe)(2) 4-6,6-3,(10-6).

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Story first published: Thursday, November 20, 2008, 20:39 [IST]
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