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Alize Cornet advances to semifinals at Hobart International

2019 Hobart International - Day 6

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: Alize Cornet of France plays a shot during her singles quarter final against Greet Minnen of Belgium during day six of the 2019 Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre on January 10, 2019 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

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HOBART, Australia -- Former Hobart International champion Alize Cornet moved a step closer to another title in Tasmania with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Cornet, who won the event in 2016 and hasn’t dropped a set this year, overcame a fall and skinned knee to reach the semifinals.

Cornet served for the match at 5-2 in the second set but was broken as Minnen hit some clean winners.

“To finally close it out at 5-4, I was pretty tight, so I’m happy I could finish the match,” Cornet said. “To be in the semifinal is a great start to the year.”

Cornet will next play Sofia Kenin for a place in the final. The 20-year-old American beat veteran Kirsten Flipkins 7-5, 7-5.

In other quarterfinal matches, Belinda Bencic beat Dayana Yastremska 7-6 (2) 6-3 and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5, 7-5.