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Three Teens in Forest Hills Semifinals
FOREST HILLS, N.Y. - Three teenagers will highlight the semifinal field at this year's $74,800 Forest Hill Women's Tennis Classic.
At just 22 years of age, last year's runner-up Iveta Benesova, will be the eldest competitor in the Forest Hills final four and will be joined by 18 year olds Sania Mirza (pictured) and Lucie Safarova, along with 15-year-old newcomer Alexa Glatch.
Benesova now stands one match away from reaching the finals in Forest Hills for the second straight year after Thursday's 61 64 victory against fellow Czech player Zuzana Ondraskova.
Benesova had to defeat one of her countrywoman in the quarterfinals and will have to defeat another in the semifinals if she is to move into Saturday's championship match. On Friday, she will face Safarova, who defeated Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti, 63 63.
Safarova continues to use 2005 as a launching pad for her young career, having already captured a title on the clay in Estoril and reaching a grass court final in 's-Hertogenbosch. She has played well this week, winning both of her matches in straight sets.
No.3 seed Mirza moves into the final four as the only seed left standing after the first round of play. Now, she has set her sights on a second career title, especially after her 62 61 victory against Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals.
But Mirza will have to avoid becoming the next casualty this week to the American wild card Glatch, who did not have a victory on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour prior to arriving in Forest Hills.
Glatch moved into her first Tour semifinal with a 61 64 victory against Martina Sucha. The No.460-ranked teenager made her debut on the Tour earlier this year, losing to Jill Craybas in the first round at Indian Wells.
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