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Andrea Petkovic reaches French Open semifinals
Germany's Andrea Petkovic celebrates winning her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy's Sara Errani at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Petkovic won in two sets 6-2, 6-2. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
June 4, 2014, 12:15 pm

PARIS (AP) 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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