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Jun 16th, 2006, 05:02 PM
BIRMINGHAM, England, (June 16) - American qualifier Meilen Tu played her sixth match in seven days Friday, beating Marion Bartoli of France 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the DFS Classic.

The Californian, who beat 14th-seeded Sania Mirza on Thursday, wore heavy strapping on her thigh to reach her third career semifinal in a tournament she was undecided about entering until late last week.

"It's been a while since I've been in a semifinal, so I'm really excited," Tu said. "It was a little bit easier today - Mirza hit a bigger ball than Bartoli, so it was very different."

The 135th-ranked Tu previously had won one of only five main-draw matches she had played this year.

"I've surprised myself with what I've done this week," she said. "A few days before, I hadn't even decided whether I was going to fly to Birmingham or not. So I'm definitely glad I did."

Tu next plays Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who downed second-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Bartoli led 2-0 in the first set before losing four straight games. She fought back to level at 4-4, but from the baseline Tu attacked the Frenchwoman's second serve to close out the set with another break.

Tu won three games in a row from 4-3 down in the second set. In the crucial ninth game, Bartoli served one double-fault and produced two errors. Tu served out the match to love in the next game.

Jun 16th, 2006, 05:14 PM
this is a pretty good result for her. hopefully she'll win some matches at wimbledon and have a good match against vera.

Jun 16th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Too true for Tu;)

Jun 16th, 2006, 05:17 PM
Meilen :D :hug:

Farina Elia Fan
Jun 16th, 2006, 05:32 PM
Meilen :)

Jun 16th, 2006, 05:38 PM
Too true for Tu;)

i THINK TU can win 6-TU tu-6 and 6-tu against Vera ;)

Billy Moonshine
Jun 16th, 2006, 05:39 PM
What does someone like Tu do to support themselves in the lean times?

Jun 16th, 2006, 05:43 PM
What does someone like Tu do to support themselves in the lean times?

Save the money you earn during the fruitfull times :lol: Then you have to make sure that lasts untill your next fruitfull period ;)