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Heather Watson defeats Donna Vekic to advance to Birmingham semifinals

Heather Watson is the first British woman to reach the semifinals in Birmingham since Jo Durie in 1992.

Britain’s second-placed Heather Watson defeated third-seeded Donavekic straight to advance to the Birmingham Classic semi-finals.

Watson won 6-4 6-2 against Croatia’s 2013 finalists after play was stopped due to Friday’s rain.

The 29-year-old Briton will defeat Vekitchi twice in each set and will meet Tunisia’s Second Seed Ons Jabeur in the finals later Saturday.

The 24th-ranked Jabber beat Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0.

Watson, who led 5-2 when China’s Zhang Shuai retired in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, defeated Vekitch’s serve in the first two Croat service games.

World number 54 regained parity before Watson held the first set.

After consolidating the second early break, Watson, the world’s number 70, saved two break points before proceeding to 4-1 in the next game, gaining full control and scoring a second match point on the serve. Did.

In Berlin, Victoria Azarenka will face Russia’s Ludmila Samsonova after winning Saturday’s semifinals against US Jessica Pegra in the first grass court quarterfinals since 2015.

Heather Watson defeats Donna Vekic to advance to Birmingham semifinals

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