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Pera beats Wang to reach Prague Open semis

BNP Paribas Open - Day 3

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: Bernarda Pera of the United States celebrates winning her ladies singles first round match against Catherine McNally of the United States on Day 3 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 06, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

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PRAGUE -- Bernarda Pera reached her second WTA Tour semifinal by upsetting third-seeded Qiang Wang 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3 at the Prague Open on Thursday.

It was only the American’s second career victory over a top-20 ranked player and earned Pera a meeting with another surprising semifinalist, Karolina Muchova. The Czech player, who was given a wild card for the tournament, eliminated Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-3, 6-4 to advance to her first WTA semifinal.

In an all-Czech quarterfinal, ninth-seeded Barbora Strycova eased past No. 6 Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-2, improving her record against her countrywoman to 4-1.

Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann also reached her first WTA semifinal by knocking out German lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch 6-2, 6-1.