Top seed Julia Goerges and Eugenie Bouchard secured their places in the Luxembourg Open semi-finals with contrasting wins.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Goerges required three sets to beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes.
Sending down an ace for the win!
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She will take on qualifier Bouchard for a place in the final after the Canadian advanced to the last four when Andrea Petkovic retired with a leg injury.
Petkovic won the opening set 6-4, but Bouchard broke in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead before the German called for the trainer.
They played two more games before Petkovic retired.
“It’s unfortunate that she had to retire – and I know the feeling, I’ve had to do the same a few times in the past,” Bouchard said after the match. “It’s the worst feeling as an athlete, to not be able to play anymore. I’m very sad for her and I hope that she can start next year strong.
“It’s weird to win this way, it doesn’t feel amazing. But I’ll wake up tomorrow in the semifinals and be excited to have another chance.”
Belinda Bencic and teenager Dayana Yastremska will square off in the other semi-final after Swiss qualifier Bencic beat Vera Lapko 6-4, 6-1.
The 18-year-old Yastremska, who won the Hong Kong Open last week, secured a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Margarita Gasparyan.
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