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Playing on two surfaces, Vekic reaches Nottingham semis

Nature Valley Open - Day Six

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Donna Vekic of Croatia celebrates as she beats against Tatjana Maria of Germany during day six of the Nature Valley Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 15, 2019 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

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NOTTINGHAM, England -- Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before reaching the semifinals.

The second-seeded Vekic defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4 in a match played on two surfaces as rain again played havoc with the schedule.

The opening two days were completely washed out before organizers decided to switch the first and second rounds indoors as rain fell for four consecutive days.

Vekic, who won the tournament in 2017, will play Germany’s Tatjana Maria in her third straight semifinal in Nottingham. Maria earlier defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the only match completed on grass so far at the tournament.

Also Friday, American Jennifer Brady defeated fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-5, 6-3 to set up a semifinal against top-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Garcia rallied to beat Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the last quarterfinal.