Latest 3 Jan 2013

Three seeds through to the semifinals

Three seeds through to the semifinals

Mona Barthel, the tournament’s eighth seed, looked like she had a bus to catch in the first game of the day on centre court as she beat Johanna Larsson 6-2 6-1 in well under an hour.

The German maybe wanted to book her semifinals spot before the heavens opened again, but no one would have picked her to have toppled Larsson so easily after the way the Swede played yesterday to knock out the no.2 seed Julia Goerges.

Barthel will now face Yanina Wickmayer in tomorrow’s semifinal after the third seed took a while to get on top of her countrywoman Kirsten Flipkens before winning 6-3 6-4.

Wickmayer, the 2010 ASB Classic champion and 2011 finalist, hasn’t lost too many matches in Auckland (only three of the 16 she’s played here) but after losing the Hobart final last year to Barthel she’s fully aware that her finals spot is not guaranteed.

“She’s kicking arse out there so I’m going to have to be ready, and be ready with big shots,” said Wickmayer.

In the final quarterfinal of the day session, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat former finalist Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-3 with the rain delay being the greatest challenge for the world no. 4.

The Pole will meet American Jamie Hampton who raced away to a 6-1 lead in the first set yesterday before Bertens fired up in the second and won the tiebreaker. The third set was an easy 6-2 win to Hampton.