After sending home world No.17 Ana Ivanovic and world No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska, Swiss Timea Bacsinszky upset fifth-ranked Simona Halep in the Miami Open quarterfinals, leaving the draw with only one of the Top 12 seeds, the reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.
Bacinszky’s last appearance at the tournament was back in 2011 and her two previous meetings with Halep were straight-set losses (6-1 6-3 and 6-2 6-2). But today she broke her Romanian opponent for a 3-1 lead in the second set, while in the third set she was even more decisive, racing to a 3-0 lead in the beginning. The victory came in two hours and twenty-eight minutes, with the score 4-6 6-3 6-2.
In the semifinals, the world No.20 Bacsinszky will face the winner of the match between 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who eliminated Serena Williams in the fourth round, and seed No.30 Ekaterina Makarova.
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