Top seed Flavia Pennetta defeated 6th seed Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-2 today in Palermo. Pennetta advanced to the semifinals, in which she will play 7th seed Polona Hercog. Hercog defeated 4th seed Klara Zakopalova 6-1, 6-1. The other semifinalists are 8th seed Petra Cetkovska, who upset 3rd seed Sara Errani, and 5th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, who defeated Irina-Camelia Begu.
Cetkovska and Errani played for three hours and 16 minutes, and broke each other 16 times. Cetkovska prevailed with a score of 5-7, 6-3, 7-6.
Errani and partner Roberta Vinci, the top seeds, have reached the doubles final. Their opponents will be 2nd seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Klara Zakopalova.
In Bad Gastein, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez advanced to the semifinals.