Sophie Ferguson in last four beat Ksenia Palkina

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Kolkata, Nov 20 (UNI) Romania's Elora Dabija, Sophie Ferguson of Australia, Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski and Ayumi Morita of Japan made to the semi-finals at ITF Women's Challenger here today.

Elora was stretched some 193 minutes by unseeded Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand and the European, also unseeded, prevailed over the Asian 3-6,7-6 (7-5), 7-5. The match witnessed three medical breaks, all taken by Elora.

Sophie Ferguson continued her dream run beating seventh seeded Ksenia Palkina of Kazakhstan 0-6, 6-1,6-4 to reach the semi-finals.

Qualifier Bojana Jovanovski also advanced to the semi finals beating eighth seed Chine Taipei girl Kai-Chen Chang 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2).

Second seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan made to last four without dropping a set till now. She overpowered Great Britain's Emily-Smith Webley, a qualifier, 6-2,6-2.

Results: Singles Quarter Finals : Elora Dabija (Rou) beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (Tha) 3-6,7-6(7-5),7-5, Sophie Ferguson (Aus) beat Ksenia Palkina (7)(Kgz) 0-6,6-1,6-4, Bojana Jovanovski (Q)(Srb) beat Kai-Chen Chang (8)(Tpe) 6-4,5-7,7-6(7-2), Ayumi Morita (2)(Jpn) beat Emily Webley-Smith (!)(GBr) beat 6-2,6-2.

Doubles Semi Finals Jing-Jing Lu (Chn)&Sheng-Nan Sun (Chn)(1) beat Sophie Ferguson (Aus)&Alexis Prousis (USA) 6-3,6-3, Laura Siegemund (Ger)&Agnes Szatmari (Rou)(3) beat Chin-Wei Chan (Tpe)&Yi Chen (Tpe)(2) 4-6,6-3,(10-6).

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