American Melanie Oudin was beaten in the quarter-finals of the WTA Moroccan Open on Friday in three sets by Italy's Alberta Brianti. The two split the first two sets 7-5 before the Italian romped to a 6-0 third set win.
Former world no. 1 Dinara Safina advanced to her first semi-final on tour in 21 months coming from 2-4 down in the final set to beat compatriot Anastasia Pivovarova 64 26 64. Simona Halep and Kristin Flipkens also reached the semis.
GRAND PRIX DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM - Fès, Morocco
Friday, April 22, 2011 - Singles - Quarterfinals
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 75 57 60
Dinara Safina (RUS) d.
Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 64 26 64
(7) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (4) Greta Arn (HUN) 62 61
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (WC) Nadia Lalami (MAR) 60 61 By Haresh Ramchandani