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Petkovic reaches French Open semifinals
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June 4, 2014, 1:15 pm

PARIS - Andrea Petkovic advanced to her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-2 at the French Open on Wednesday.

Petkovic had some trouble holding serve, but her groundstrokes consistently landed near the lines, many of them for winners.

The 28th-seeded German had been 0-3 in major quarterfinals, losing at that stage at the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open in 2011. Her ranking dropped after that, as low as 177th last year, because of a right knee injury.

Errani was the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2012, losing to Maria Sharapova. Last year, the 10th-seeded Italian reached the semifinals and lost to eventual champion Serena Williams.

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