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Magdalena Maleeva, the former world number four, came back from a set down against unseeded Stephanie Foretz to reach the semi-finals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham.

It was third time lucky for the third-seeded Bulgarian, who fell at the quarter-final hurdle in each of her two previous visits to Edgbaston.

Maleeva, 28, who had gained straight-sets wins in each of her three previous meetings with her French opponent, won 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 but took an hour to find her rhythm against a player 76 places lower in the world rankings.

Foretz, who knocked out number eight seed Elena Likhovtseva in the second round, broke Maleeva in the opening game and had a point for a 3-0 lead.

Maleeva just did enough to get back into the first set, coming from 0-40 down in the eighth game to break back, but suffered the only mini break of the tie-break to lose it 7-5.

The often wayward Maleeva squandered more break points in the second set as Foretz lifted her game on the big points but somehow won 6-2.

Both girls then struggled to hold serve in the final set but the decisive break came in the seven the game and Maleeva achieved a second break two games later to secure a marathon victory. :)
 

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Go Maggie, but holding your serve will be key tomorrow!! :kiss:
 

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Go Maggie - lose your serve! Eleni needs this more than you - the 12th seed is at stake (and as such playing seeds 5-8 in the 4th round rather than seeds 1-4!)
 

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shut up samhatz :(
 

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you tell him ghosts!!
 
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