All the seeded played that played their quarterfinal matches at the Hansol Korea Open, No.1 seed Nadia Petrova, No.5 seed Alisa Kleybanova and No.8 seed Agnes Szavay, advanced to the semifinals, while in the only quarterfinal played solely by unseeded players Dinara Safina lost to Klara Zakopalova.
Both Petrova and Kleybanova broke their opponents five times. Petrova took 61 minutes to beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-1, while Kleybanova needed seven minutes more to defeat good friend Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-2. Szavay had a much tougher match, but ended defending champion Kimiko Date Krumm’s seven match winning streak at the Hansol Korea Open with a 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 victory in two hours and 42 minutes.
Former world No.1 Dinara Safina has now lost all her three meetings with Klara Zakopalova, and all the three in straight sets, losing to the Czech 7-5 6-3 in Seoul. (photo: sydney-yokochin)