HOBART, Australia (AP) Former Hobart International champion Alize Cornet is one step closer to another title in the Tasmanian state capital with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen to reach the semifinals.
Sixth-seeded Cornet, who won the event in 2016, overcame a fall and skinned knee on Thursday. She hasn't dropped a set in this tournament.
She'll meet Sofia Kenin for a place in the final, with the 20-year-old American continuing her impressive run by beating veteran Kirsten Flipkins 7-5, 7-5.
Cornet served for the match at 5-2 in the second set but was broken as Minnen struck 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.''
In Thursday night's semifinals, Belinda Bencic played 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova took on Irina-Camelia Begu.
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